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ALVERNIA UNIVERSITY HONORS CONVOCATION

2014

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The Board of Trustees, President Thomas F. Flynn, and Faculty and Staff of

Alvernia University welcome you to the

2014 Honors Convocation

Welcome to Alvernia University and thank you for joining us as we honor students and faculty for academic achievement. Please silence all electronic devices during the program. You are invited to a reception following the ceremony.

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Order of Ceremonies Welcome

Shirley J. Williams, Ed.D. Provost

Invocation

Joseph J. Cicala, Ph.D. Vice President for University Life, Dean of Students

Remarks

Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D. President

Student Speaker

Alexandra Aloia ’14 2013 Senior Scholar

Faculty Speaker

Dolores B. Bertoti, DPT 2013 Lindback Award Recipient

Presentation of Awards: College of Arts & Sciences English & Communication Fine & Performing Arts Humanities Psychology & Counseling Science & Mathematics

Mary Beth DeMeo, MAT, Chair Carol N. Schwanger, MM, Chair Kevin Godfrey, Ph.D., Chair Peggy Bowen-Hartung, CTS, Ph.D., Chair Elizabeth A. Gardner, Ph.D., Chair

College of Professional Programs Allied Health & Human Services Business Criminal Justice Education Nursing Occupational Therapy

Dolores B. Bertoti, DPT, Chair Scott Ballantyne, Ed.D., Chair Edgar J. Hartung, MA, J.D., Chair Mary B. Schreiner, Ph.D., Chair Mary Ellen Symanski, Ph.D., RN, Chair Neil H. Penny, Ed.D., Chair

School of Graduate & Adult Education Graduate & Adult Programs

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Daria T. LaTorre, J.D., Dean


Order of Ceremonies Presentation of Honor Cords to Graduates Karen Thacker, Ph.D., RN, CNE Dean, College of Professional Programs Graduates of the Alvernia Honors Program Victoria Claire Williams, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Political Science

University Awards: Lindback Faculty Award

Rosemary C. McFee, M.Ed. Chair, Honors and Awards Committee

Sr. Donatilla Faculty Award

Rosemary C. McFee, M.Ed.

Teaching Excellence Award

Rosemary C. McFee, M.Ed.

St. Bernardine Faculty Award Holleran Center Awards

Jay Worrall, MA, MBA Director, Holleran Center for Community Engagement

Fromm Interfaith Award

Jay Worrall, MA, MBA

O’Pake Institute Awards

R. David Myers, MA Director, O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership & Public Serivce

Student Scholar Athletes

Bill Stiles, M.Ed. Director of Athletics & Recreation

Presentation of Veteran Honor Cords

Jason Deitz, MBA Assistant Director of Student Financial Planning

Saint Ignatius of Loyola Award

Jason Deitz, MBA

Senior Scholar

Scott Davidson, MA Chair, Academic Standards Committee

Peace & Justice Student Award

Sr. Roberta Agnes McKelvie, OSF ’71 Assistant to the President for Mission Integration & Education

Benediction

Sr. Roberta Agnes McKelvie, OSF ’71

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In this Book:

About the speakers............................................................... 7 Award Descriptions................................................................8 College of Arts & Sciences College of Professional Programs School of Graduate & Adult Education University Awards

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Honor Societies..................................................................16 Student Scholarship........................................................ ....20 Faculty Scholarship..............................................................22 College of Arts & Sciences College of Professional Programs

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Board of Trustees................................................................38

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Faculty Speaker: Dolores B. Bertoti, DPT Chair, Allied Health & Human Services 2013 Lindback Award Recipient Dolores Bertoti is an associate professor and chair of the Allied Health and Human Services department. She has been with Alvernia since 1992, where she currently teaches courses in her area of expertise in kinesiology, neuroscience, and electrotherapy primarily for the university’s programs in athletic training and occupational therapy. A licensed physical therapist, Bertoti has a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy, an advanced Master of Science and a Doctor of Physcial Therapy, all from Temple University. She has years of clinical and research practice in physical therapy. Bertoti specializes in rehabilitation of people of all ages, especially children with brain injuries, and is co-author of the cornerstone text in kinesiology, “Brunnstrom’s Clinical Kinesiology, gold edition.” She has also published widely in the area of neurorehabilitation including a text “Neurorehabilitation through the Lifespan.” Both of her texts have been translated into several languages and have been adopted internationally. Her current scholarly agenda is in the area of discovery, peer-led learning, a topic that she has presented both nationally and internationally. At Alvernia, she has been instumental in the development of the new healthcare science major and the university’s first practice doctorate, a Doctor in Physical Therapy.

Student Speaker: Alexandra Aloia ’14 2013 Senior Scholar Raised in southern New Jersey, Alexandra Aloia played the piano and harp, using her talents to perform for school events, as well as for nurses and patients at a local hospital. Just as passionate about her high school studies, Aloia began pursuing academic topics beyond the scope of her classes and showed an interest in tutoring others. She participated in a model United Nations program and earned a trophy for her high school. Such experiences pushed her to work for leadership opportunities in which she could solve problems, learn from and serve others. Aloia entered Alvernia University in 2010, as an honors student majoring in chemistry and history. Since then, she has completed a number of honors courses and presented research at academic conferences. Her independent research centers on using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) to identify oil paint pigments, which is a method used in art conservation. It is an interdisciplinary effort between the science and art departments. Aloia hopes that this research will help to confirm the usefulness of the method, encourage interdisciplinary relationships, and introduce her to a career in conservation science. During a research internship in organic chemistry at the University of Southern California, Aloia worked under a Nobel Laureate and contributed to developing a new, sustainable method of organic synthesis for medicinally important compounds, soon to be published. Outside of the classroom, Aloia has continued her love of service and learning at Alvernia by being involved on campus and within the surrounding community. She has worked with the Bernardine Sisters, volunteered as a musician, served as a peer tutor and student ambassador and worked as an officer in a number of clubs on campus. As President of the Environmental Club and as an officer in the Science Association, Philosophy Club, and the National Residence Hall Honorary, Aloia engages other students in service and professional opportunities. She is also part of several honor societies, including Lambda Sigma, Delta Epsilon Sigma, and Beta Kappa Chi.

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College of Arts & Sciences

English, Communication & CIS

Fine & Performing Arts

Margaret Oberholtzer Lawrence Award for Excellence: presented to a senior who demonstrates excellence and extensive participation in activities that promote an interest in the discipline.

Frances J. Thomas Theatre Award: presented to an outstanding graduating senior recognized for overall commitment, as well as achievement in the theatre program.

Henry Miller Award: presented to the graduating Sigma Tau Delta member who best exemplifies the character and intellectual curiosity of an individual who had a love of literature, an appreciation for education, and a question for every answer.

Alvernia University Chorus Award: presented to an outstanding graduating senior, recognized for overall commitment to the Alvernia University Chorus and achievement in the vocal arts.

Academic Excellence Award in CIS: awarded to the student with the highest grade point average in computer and information studies classes. CIS Internship Award: presented to a senior who demonstrates excellence in a computer and information studies-related internship. Alvernian Award for Editorial Leadership: presented to a graduating senior who has exceptionally contributed to the production of the student newspaper, The Alvernian. These contributions include but are not limited to producing high quality editorial content, maintaining an attractive and accessible layout, and sustaining the newspaper’s expected release schedule.

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Alvernia University Concert Band Award: presented to an outstanding graduating senior, recognized for overall commitment and achievement in the Alvernia University instrumental arts program.

Humanities Outstanding Student in the Humanities: presented to the graduating senior who maintains a grade point average of 3.7 in his or her major, a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 overall, and demonstrates superior ability and leadership in the study of humanities. High Achievement Award: presented to a senior who maintains a grade point average of 3.5 in a particular field of humanities, as well as a cumulative grade point average of 3.3.


College of Arts & Sciences

Psychology & Counseling

Science & Math

Research Excellence: presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates exceptional skill in applied research and psychological content areas.

Frank Podczasy Award: presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding scholastic achievement, community service, and dedication to the sciences.

Clinical Excellence: presented to a senior who demonstrates exceptional skills in an internship placement.

American Chemical Society Award: presented by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), this award recognizes a science student for outstanding achievement in chemistry and community service.

Academic Excellence: presented to a senior who demonstrates the highest academic achievement. Leadership Award: presented to a senior who demonstrates leadership ability. Service Award: presented in recognition of a student’s outstanding achievement in the area of service. Students who achieve this award embrace the mission of Alvernia by serving in their community and embodying the ideal of “knowledge joined with love.�

Sr. Alodia Outstanding Lab Assistant Award: presented to a graduating senior lab assistant who demonstrates a high level of scholastic achievement, community and departmental service, and dedication to the science profession. Moreover, the recipient of this award has shown on numerous occasions to go above and beyond the call of duty of a lab assistant.

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College of Professional Programs

Allied Health & Human Services

Business

Paul J. Marr, MD Athletic Training Scholarship Award: presented to an outstanding athletic training student who has demonstrated academic achievement, while personifying exceptional qualities and characteristics of the profession.

ACBSP Student Leadership Award: presented to the business student who demonstrates outstanding leadership through his or her activities while at Alvernia University.

Athletic Training Academic Excellence Award: presented to the senior student with the highest grade point average in the athletic training program.

Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award: presented to a student who demonstrates excellence in accounting studies and professional development, who desires to pursue a career in accounting.

Outstanding Behavioral Health Academic Award: presented to a senior behavioral health student in recognition of overall outstanding academic performance.

Institute of Management Accountants - Reading Chapter Award: presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates excellence in accounting studies and professional development.

Outstanding Social Work Academic Award - Main Campus: presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates overall outstanding academic performance.

Excellence in Marketing: presented to a student who demonstrates superior academic performance and potential for professional accomplishment in marketing.

Outstanding Social Work Field Placement Award - Main Campus: presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the profession of social work through his or her field placement experience.

Excellence in Sport Management: presented to a student who demonstrates superior academic performance and potential for professional accomplishment in sport management.

Dr. Phyllis Hay Research Award: presented for a senior research project that reflects social work’s value and commitment to the contribution of knowledge to the field of social work.

Excellence in Business: presented to a student who demonstrates superior academic performance and potential for professional accomplishment in business. Excellence in Management: presented to a student who demonstrates superior academic performance and potential for professional accomplishment in management. The Society for Human Resource Management - Berks County Outstanding Student Award: presented to a student who demonstrates outstanding leadership in human resource management studies and professional development.

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College of Professional Programs

Criminal Justice Academic Excellence Award: presented to a graduating senior with the highest grade point average in criminal justice, who holds true to the mission of the major, stipulated by the faculty of the department. Internship Award: presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding accomplishment in a criminal justice internship. Saint Michael the Archangel Award: presented to a graduating senior in criminal justice for overall dedication, a quality of the Patron Saint of Law Enforcement. Sister Pacelli Award: presented to a graduating senior in criminal justice for dedication to the core Franciscan values of service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation, and collegiality.

Education Outstanding Undergraduate Education Major: presented to a graduating senior who earns the highest grade point average and demonstrates the greatest accomplishment in the education department.

Nursing Leadership Award: presented to a graduating senior nursing student who has demonstrated leadership among peers in service to the community and the profession while maintaining high standards of academic and clinical performance. Spirit of St. Francis Award: presented to a graduating nursing student whose performance through the undergraduate program has best fulfilled the Alvernia University Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve.â€? Leaders in Learning Award: presented to a graduating senior nursing student who demonstrates outstanding academic and clinical performance, exemplifies the qualities of a Franciscan scholar, and whose service to the university, community, and profession has earned the respect of peers and the faculty. Nursing Excellence Award: presented by the Upsilon Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society to a member of the graduating class (traditional pre-licensure program) who best exemplifies the qualities of professional nursing while consistently maintaining high academic achievement. The Jennie J. Palkon, nĂŠe Lis and John S. Palkon Scholarship in Nursing Award: given to a current full-time junior studying nursing who demonstrates exemplary academic achievement as well as compassionate care, service and leadership.

Outstanding Student Teacher Award: presented to graduating seniors who demonstrate outstanding performance in the field.

Occupational Therapy Nursing Outstanding Clinical Performance Award: presented to a graduating senior nursing student who has consistently demonstrated the highest standards of clinical nursing performance. Excellence in Community Health Nursing Award: presented to a graduating senior nursing student in recognition of outstanding performance of nursing care within community settings.

Health Science Academic Excellence: presented to a student based on their cumulative GPA and as voted on by the OT faculty. Health Science Clinical Excellence: presented to a student based on scores from level II fieldwork evaluations, the recommendation of the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and as voted on by the OT faculty. Health Science Undergraduate Service Award: presented to a student based on service and leadership demonstrated to the OT student body, and as voted by the faculty.

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School of Graduate & Adult Education

Graduate Founding Dean’s Award: given in memory of Dr. Nan Hamberger to a graduating student for commitment to academic excellence and Franciscan ideals.

Master of Arts in Community Counseling Professional Counseling Award: presented to a Main Campus graduate in recognition of dedication to ethical and professional counseling practice.

Master in Business Administration Award of Excellence: presented to a graduating student for commitment to academic excellence and Franciscan ideals.

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies for Community Leadership Award: presented to a Philadelphia Center graduating senior for academic

Master of Arts in Community Counseling Award of Excellence: presented to a Main Campus graduate for commitment to academic excellence and Franciscan ideals.

Master of Education Award of Excellence: presented to a Main Campus graduate for commitment to academic excellence and Franciscan ideals.

Master of Arts in Community Counseling Award of Excellence: presented to a Philadelphia Center graduate for commitment to academic excellence and Franciscan ideals.

Master of Science in Nursing Leaders in Learning Award: presented to a graduating MSN student who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and whose scholarship impacts nursing practice.

Master of Arts in Community Counseling Clinical Advancement Award: presented to a Main Campus graduate in recognition of commitment to clinical advancement in counseling. Master of Arts in Community Counseling Clinical Advancement Award: presented to a Philadelphia Center graduate in recognition of commitment to clinical advancement in counseling.

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excellence and civic engagement.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Award of Excellence: presented to a graduating student for commitment to academic excellence and Franciscan ideals.


School of Graduate & Adult Education

Adult Education Behavioral Health Crusader Award: presented to a Main Campus behavioral health graduate who has overcome adversity and exemplifies the perseverance and determination so often attributed to the behavioral health major. This award is co-sponsored by the Betty Ford Center and Caron Treatment Centers.

Philadelphia Center Director’s Award: presented to a Philadelphia Center graduating student for commitment to academic excellence and Franciscan ideals.

Behavioral Health Director Award: presented to a Main Campus student who has demonstrated excellent academic achievement as well as a sustained commitment over an extended period of time in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in behavioral health studies.

Franciscan ideals.

Betty Ford Center Academic Award: presented to a Main Campus behavioral health graduate who has attained the highest grade point average. Betty Ford Center Academic Award: presented to a Philadelphia Center behavioral health graduate who has attained the highest grade point average. Caron Treatment Centers Award of Excellence: presented to a Main Campus behavioral health major who most personifies outstanding achievement in the area of academics, who has received positive peer recognition, and who has made personal contributions to the overall good of the behavioral health program. Criminal Justice Academic Excellence Award: presented to a Philadelphia Center graduating student with the highest grade point average in criminal justice, who holds true to the mission of the major.

Schuylkill Center Director’s Award: presented to a Schuylkill Center graduating student for commitment to academic excellence and

Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: presented to an adult education graduating student who demonstrates overall outstanding academic performance. Outstanding Social Work Academic Award – Philadelphia Center: presented to a graduating student who demonstrates overall outstanding academic performance. Outstanding Social Work Field Placement Award – Philadelphia Center: presented to a graduating student who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the profession of social work through his or her field placement experience. Leaders in Learning Award: presented to a graduating RN-BSN student who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and whose scholarship impacts nursing practice. Spirit of Saint Francis Award: presented to a graduating RN to BSN student whose academic and clinical performance exemplifies Alvernia University’s Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve.”

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University Awards

Faculty Awards Saint Bernardine Faculty Award: The Saint Bernardine Faculty Award for Lindback Foundation Award: The Lindback Foundation Award for excellence in part-time teaching is presented to an adjunct instructor. excellence in teaching is awarded to a full-time tenured faculty member with at least 10 years of full-time teaching at Alvernia. Factors considered include excellent performance in teaching, service, and scholarship/research. Holleran Center Outstanding Partner Award: presented to a faculty member, staff member or community member/partner for exceptional contributions to Alvernia community engagement activities. Sister Mary Donatilla Faculty Award: The Sister Mary Donatilla Faculty Award is awarded to a full-time faculty member who has given long Faculty Award for Exemplary Service-Learning: The Holleran Center service to the university in teaching, advising, service, and support. for Community Engagement’s Faculty Award for Exemplary ServiceThe Honors and Awards Committee selects the recipient. Learning is given to a full-time faculty member who demonstrates excellence for incorporating service-learning pedagogy into their Teaching Excellence Award: This award recognizes excellence and/or curriculum. The recipient uses service-learning practices as an innovation in teaching among faculty at Alvernia. The awardee, nominated by students and/or alumni, must be a full-time faculty member with at least innovative teaching tool to engage students in civic learning while two complete years of service at the university. It is recommended that the creating opportunities for community benefits. This faculty member helps build institutional commitments to service-learning and civic recipient share his or her teaching expertise with other faculty members engagement by fostering reciprocal community partnerships and formally through a faculty workshop, or informally through mentorship of enhancing Alvernia’s contributions to the public good. junior faculty members.

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University Awards

Student Awards Annual Award for Excellence in Service: presented by the Holleran Center to Alvernia students who complete at least 100 hours of service to the community over the course of the academic year. Recipients receive a certificate and pin commemorating their achievement. Graduation Award for Excellence in Service: presented by the Holleran Center to graduating seniors who have completed at least 300 hours of service to the community as Alvernia students. These students will receive a special cord to be worn at Commencement. Holleran Center Community Engagement Award: presented to graduating seniors who have completed 500 hours of service to the community as Alvernia students. Recipients of this award receive a plaque honoring this accomplishment. Holleran Center Outstanding Service Award: presented to the graduating senior who has completed the most hours in service to the community. The recipient of this award will receive a monetary award made to a charity of his or her choice. Newman Civic Fellow Award: Newman Civic Fellows are nationally recognized by Campus Compact as inspiring college studentleaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, these Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. The Fromm Interfaith Award: Established by Michael and Susan Fromm to encourage interfaith understanding and dialogue among Alvernia’s students and to foster this important work in the greater community.

The O’Pake Graduate Fellowship in Leadership: Named in honor of former state Senator and Alvernia Trustee Michael O’Pake, this award is given to one or two Doctorate in Leadership students who have demonstrated excellence in their studies, have presented at a major conference, and who are actively engaged in research related to leadership studies. Fellows receive a stipend to support research activities related to their academic program. The O’Pake Undergraduate Leadership Award: This $500 award, named in honor of former state Senator and Alvernia Trustee Michael O’Pake, is presented to two undergraduate students who have displayed growth as campus leaders by participating in a progressive leadership development program and have inspired others through their leadership talents. Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award: Two student athletes, one male and one female, are recognized annually for maintaining the highest grade point average after four years as Alvernia athletes. St. Ignatius of Loyola Award: The Saint Ignatius Award is bestowed upon a senior military student who has exemplified selfless service, high moral courage and character, and a commitment to intellectual excellence without expectation of material reward or public recognition. Senior Scholar Award: The Senior Scholar Award is a $10,000 scholarship toward Alvernia senior year tuition presented to one student. The recipient must maintain a 3.7 GPA, submit a letter describing his or her goals, a résumé, a reference letter from a faculty member, and a reference letter from a peer. Finalists are interviewed by the faculty Honors and Awards Committee and the Academic Standards Committee to determine the recipient. The Franciscan Peace and Justice Award: The Franciscan Peace and Justice Award is given to a graduating senior who demonstrates a spirit of service and leadership in academic and co-curricular activities; promotes diversity and respect for all people, is dedicated to engagement in the community, especially with the poor and marginalized; and is actively committed to building a global community rooted in the values of social justice and peace.

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Alvernia Honor Societies Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society: The purpose of Alpha Epsilon Lambda is to promote ethics, intellectual achievement and leadership among graduate students. Members are graduate and professional school students who demonstrate leadership through the involvement in on-campus or off-campus activities and place the in the top 35 percent of campus graduate students. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Abdul Ghani

Kate Hammer

Amanda Markowicz

Jude Pfingstler

Tracie Wolf

Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society: Alpha Phi Sigma is the Criminal Justice National Honor Society at Alvernia University. Its purpose is to promote critical thinking, rigorous scholarship and lifelong learning to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research, to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice profession and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training. Alpha Phi Sigma has recognized Alvernia University as the Gamma Nu Chapter. The nationally recognized chapter strives for the commitment to lifelong learning. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Samantha Barsuk Kerry Cain Anthony Calpino

Nicolas Hill Corbin Jones Derek Klim

Maureen Klombers Amy Kuhrmann Thomas Michalowski

John Patterson Johnathnael Pena Kyla Ramsey

Kenneth Rohrbach Matthew Striffling Caitlin Sullivan

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society: Alpha Sigma Lambda is the premier national honor society for nontraditional adult students. Its aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. For the nontraditional student, the society stands as an inspiration for continuing scholastic growth, and is a builder of pride through recognition. To this day Alpha Sigma Lambda is not only the oldest, but also the largest chapter-based honor society for full and part-time students. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Farah Abraham Dolores Bailey Amy Beller John Bey Heather Bezuidenhout Dawn Brady Shawn Bright Florence Dandas

James Davis Tammy Davis Kenia Delarge Mark Denchy Cynthia Dros Nancy Eckert Shelly Farmer Tabitha Farrone

Kimberly Frey Roxann Gervalis Carol Haas Angela Hathaway Angela Hoppel-McIntyre Anna Kerak Cindy Levengood David Manley

Alex Martinez Joyce McKenzie Moises Rodriguez Kelly Ryzner Monica Santiago Amy Scales Jane Sheaf Kristy Sieklicki

Alexandria Strouse Melissa Tagert Jeannine Tait-Donlan Thomas Wright Athena Zieser Crystal Zimmerman Joan Zupicick

Beta Kappa Chi Honor Society: Beta Kappa Chi — Natural Sciences & Mathematics — has the purpose of encouraging the advancement of scientific education through original investigations, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and the stimulation of high scholarship in the pure and applied sciences. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Alexandra Aloia Meredith Beavers Aaron Benusis

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Jason Brumbaugh Miosset Cruz Kathleen Fitzharris

Stacey Galvin Katherine Ghiorzi Casey Green

Dylan Laurenzano Brandi Loga Monica Murnane

Victoria Oliver Erin Quinn Amanda Strange


Alvernia Honor Societies Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society: Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. Benefits of this honor society include an annual scholarship and fellowship competition, life-long subscription to the “Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal,” voting and nomination rites, a national student award for graduating seniors, an annual writing competition and a distinguished lecturer program. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Alexandra Aloia Angela Anderson Leah Baer Ashley Bakley Brandon Bateman Nathan Bauer Ashley Bauscher Lauren Behney Alexis Bendyna Michalene Berg Maria Berreta Heather Bezuidenhout Lindsay Bittle Emily Brady Donna Brown Alicia Buchman Cassandra Colosimo Brock Cromleigh Ryan Cupo

Andrea Cutillo Todd Daniels Elizabeth DiRoumaldo Heather Dixon-Brock Kaila Druetto Keira Duffy Thomas Edwards Marybeth Emerich Alyssa Evans Tabitha Farrone Melissa Fellenbaum Kadera Ferguson Kelli Fitzgerald Heather Foreman Janelle Frank Danielle Gallagher Sydney Glasmyre Morgan Hamer Kate Hammer

Jennifer Innamorato Illya Johnson Greta Jones Paula Jones Danielle Kashdan Sheri Kaufman Candace Knight Jeanne Knowles Penny Kohl Brianna Kuhn Melissa Lichtenwalner Katie Manganello Jessica Marchetti Marlee McNerney Jason Miller Monica Murnane Alicia Netterville Jessica Newcomer Vi Nguyen

Anna Pantalone Molly Pantone Samantha Penk Dominick Petaccio Nicole Pettit Jude Pfingstler Michaele Pinkney Sarah Poplawski Samantha Rabuck Alyss Reinsel Allison Rodgers Katlyn Roginsky Stephanie Roma Renee Ruhlman Ann Schmehl Kelsey Schubert Kevin Shainline Jane Sheaf Jamie Shiffer

David Sloan Karen Sponagle Sarah Stewart Jacquelyn Strange Edwin Torres George Tremble Michael Trievel Gabriella Valenti Erin Verdon Victoria Vidumsky Alexis Way Jessica Weiss Carly Welch Ashley Wilson Tracie Wolf Jennifer Woodland Alissa Yenser Laurel Zielinski Athena Zieser

Delta Mu Delta Honor Society: Delta Mu Delta is an honor society for junior, senior, and graduate students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in business. Membership in the society is limited to students whose achievement places them in the top 20 percent of their class. Delta Mu Delta membership symbolizes earnest, intelligent purpose and achievement. Alvernia University’s business program sponsors the Lambda Zeta Chapter of Delta Mu Delta through its accreditation in the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Justin Arnt Leah Baer Ashley Bakley Brandon Bateman Ashley Bauscher Dawn Brady Alicia Buchman

Edward Cadman Kyle Covington Andrea Cutillo Mark Denchy Christopher Dorang Thomas Edwards Robert Ganter

Franklin Henry Melanie Kramer John Krantz Brian Le Meretta Marks Gregory McFall

David Neiman Christina Nelson Karl Nittinger Jude Pfingstler Alyss Reinsel Brandon Schmidt

Jamie Shiffer Richard Shirk Maryssa Smith Edwin Torres Michael Trievel Athena Zieser

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Alvernia Honor Societies National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH): The NRHH is the premier honorary supported by the leading international organization advocating for the interests and welfare of residence hall students, while also providing opportunities for their personal growth and development. NRHH strives to provide recognition for individuals who have contributed to the advancement of college and university housing and supports the vision of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Incorporated. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Meredith Beavers Kerry Cain

Jacob Cotroneo Ancuta Gibson

Casey Green Terence Harrington

Jacquelyn Strange

Erin Verdon

Phi Alpha Honor Society: “Through knowledge — the challenge to serve,” the purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Tanya Balmer Ibrahima Barry Lindsay Bittle Melissa Burget Alisa Calvo Taylor Cipolla Jamie Dearie

Alyssa Evans Lisa Flemming Janelle Frank Natalie Gibbs Rachel Gimber Sean Hart

Josephine Heil Jenna Jones Staci Kachel Ashley Kaminski Anna Kerak Lindsey Knott

Anissa Koperna Ashley Maggio Katie Manowski Jennifer McFarland Carol Molletta Marissa Mussoline

Kellie O’Donnell Jeannine Pittman Moises Rodriguez Jacquelyn Strange Rosemarie Thress Kim Williams

Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society: Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. Its mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Jenna Onorato

Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society: Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) is the oldest and most selective educational honor society that recognizes excellence in education. The mission of PLT is to honor outstanding educators and inspire them to be effective leaders who address critical issues in education. Membership in the society is by invitation only and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue a career in education. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Elizabeth Brady Emily Brady Nicola Burrow Rebecca Chavan Jennifer Chelius

Jessica Chinea Kaila Deitrich Katelyn Gill Kelsey Gill Mandi Groh

Stephanie Hare Sheri Kaufman Candace Knight Kayla Majeski Jessica Marchetti

Anna Martin Samantha Penk Sarah Poplawski Kathleen Pursel

Elizabeth Reach Amanda Searle Alexi Storti Danielle Wank

Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society: Pi Theta Epsilon is a specialized honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni. The society recognizes and encourages superior scholarship among students enrolled in professional entry-level programs at accredited educational programs across the United States. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Shelly Armacost-Bair Kirsten Carr Keira Duffy

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Taylor Eichelberger Melissa Fellenbaum Danielle Gallagher Alison Haggan

Jennifer Innamorato Jeanne Knowles Marlee McNerney

Jenna Onorato Anna Pantalone Molly Pantone

Jennifer Petrilla Nicole Pettit Erin Verdon


Alvernia Honor Societies Psi Chi National Honor Society: Psi Chi is a National Honor Society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. The most fundamental intent is to provide psychology majors and minors who have excelled in courses the ability to perform service in their field as well as be nationally recognized as a scholar of psychology. This organization is an excellent means for students to network for future career and academic goals and aspirations. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Jocelyn Beck Thomas Casper Katharine Conaboy Shaina Dailey Marie DeRosato

Kyle Dillman Kaila Druetto Tatiana Foronda Ashley Frain Jessica Glace

Timothy Hinchey Regina Jacoby Chelsea Kern Katie Manganello Kayla Morgan

Allison Novak Natalia Piszczek Kevin Shainline Simone Sims-Riley Cristina Urena

Alyssa Wagner Alexis Way Samantha Wilt John Wright

Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society: Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. The purposes of this society are literary and educational. The society strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. Members must exhibit high standards of academic excellence and serve society by fostering literacy. The Kappa Pi Chapter at Alvernia was established in 1981. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Justin Attas Junior Bernard Jessica Ciesla

Sean Cullen Brooke Deamer Sydney Glasmyre

William Grigas Andrew Kaucher Melisa Keinard

Thomas Leupold Peter MacNamee Jessica Newcomer

Chelsea Prosser Erin Quinn Gabriella Valenti

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society: The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of people worldwide through leadership and scholarship in nursing research, practice, education, and advocacy. The Upsilon Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International has the following purposes: to honor superior achievement, recognize and promote the development of leadership qualities, foster high professional standards, encourage creative work, and strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession of nursing. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Amy Beller Brock Cromleigh Amy Dziura Nancy Eckert Robert Eisenhauer Gabriela Formando

Maia Frederick Melissa Giannotti Sara Hartline Shelby Hickox Angela Hoppel-McIntyre

Rachel Hughes Megan Knockstead Kaitlyn Kozlowski Cindy Levengood Antoinette Maurer

Monica Murnane Lauren Sheehan Jeannine Tait-Donlan Adrienne Udzinski Bridget Verdel

Hong Vu Jessica Weiss Brittany Yocum Emily Young Crystal Zimmerman

St. Thomas More Honor Society: St. Thomas More is the local honor society of the criminal justice department. New members must be criminal justice majors, must be active members of the Criminal Justice Association, must have attained junior status academically at time of application, must have completed 15 credits in criminal justice at Alvernia at the time of application, must have a 3.2 grade point average in their major and a 3.2 overall grade point average at the time of application, must attend the banquet in all years of eligibility, must attend Honors Convocation, and must demonstrate knowledge of the life of Saint Thomas More as a model and patron for criminal justice majors. Members currently enrolled at Alvernia: Samantha Barsuk Kerry Cain Anthony Calpino

Nicolas Hill Corbin Jones Derek Klim

Maureen Klombers Amy Kuhrmann Thomas Michalowski

John Patterson Johnathnael Pena Kyla Ramsey

Kenneth Rohrbach Matthew Striffling Caitlin Sullivan

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Student Scholarship

College of Arts & Sciences Alexandra Aloia, senior chemistry and history major

Kathleen Gieringer, senior biology major

“Synthesis of 3-Substituted Isoindolin-1-ones: A Sustainable Approach” During an REU program at the University of Southern California, an efficient, regioselective method was developed for the synthesis of products containing 3-methylene-isoindolin-1-one motifs. The method is more cost effective and sustainable due to copper’s high atom economy, the use of water, and the significant reduction in time and waste.

“The Growth Curve Analysis of Rat-1 Normal and PI3K Transfected Cells” This honors thesis experiment is performed to explore the importance of PI3Ks in cell growth, proliferation, and differentiation. In many cancers, the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway is overactive and reduces apoptosis. The experiment will compare the growth curves of normal Rat-1 fibroblasts and mutant Rat-1 cells stably transfected with PI3K.

Alexandra Aloia, senior chemistry and history major “Qualitative Analysis of Oil Paint Pigments Using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)” Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is a minimally destructive method of analysis for cultural heritage objects. The purpose of this experiment is to demonstrate the usefulness of LIBS when analyzing oil paint pigments for applications such as authentication, indirect dating and identification.

Aaron Benusis, senior biochemistry major “Enantiomers and Chiral Drugs: Pharmaceuticals from an Organic Chemistry Perspective” This paper reviews the chemistry-based concepts of stereochemistry, isomers, chirality, enantiomers, and racemic mixtures, and applies them to the study of chiral drugs. Said drugs are evaluated on a clinical and chemical level, and the paper concludes by discussing advances in pharmaceutical production which limit negative side effects from drugs.

Kaila Marie Druetto, senior psychology major “The Role of Social Support in Coping with Relational Aggression in Older Adults” This research explored self-reported relational aggression, perceived social support and life-satisfaction in older adults. Those who reported having social support rated themselves higher on a measure of wellbeing and indicated they experienced less relational aggression. These findings indicate the benefits of social support on coping with relational aggression.

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Brandi Loga, senior biology major “Taking the Community from Potential to Kinetic” Our ACS chapter is committed to engaging the local community, while incorporating education of the sciences. We focused on hosting activities deeply rooted in graduate studies, community service, and green chemistry. We teach the local community youth about science and intrigue them to explore science careers for their futures.

Chelsea Prosser, senior computer information systems major Jessica Ciesla, senior communication major Brooke Deamer, junior communication major “World of Digital Literacy Roundtable” By living in the digital age, we interpret language and literacy differently than ever before. How have our attention spans, memory, reading, and writing habits been influenced by evolving technology? This roundtable debates the ways in which consumers read, how they consume words and what they use to gather information. (Presented at the 2014 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Savannah, Ga.)


Student Scholarship

College of Professional Programs Allison Austin, graduate assistant Bryce Donaldson, senior athletic training major Jessica Pool, senior athletic training major David Sloan, senior athletic training major Kerri Weber, senior athletic training major “Examination of Fatigue-Induced Alterations in the Dynamic Postural Control of NCAA Division III Athletes as Measured by the Star Excursion Balance Test” The purpose of this research project was to examine the effects of muscle fatigue on dynamic postural control, as measured by the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT), which may impact sports performance. The change in dynamic postural control was examined and correlated to fatigue, gender, and dominant-leg.

Melissa Burget, senior social work major Alyssa Evans, senior social work major Janelle Frank, senior social work major Katie Manowski, senior social work major “Attainment Rates of Inmates with Drug Addiction in the Community Re-entry Center” This research project is measuring the recidivism rate of individuals with identified drug addiction after completing a community re-entry program.

Kerry E. Cain, senior criminal justice administration major “Amish School Shooting: An Example of Human Strength” The goal of this presentation is to examine the circumstances surrounding the Nickel Mines Amish school house shooting, the community’s reaction, as well as the events in the shooter, Charles Roberts, life that lead to the deadly shooting that ended five young girls’ lives.

Anthony Calpino, senior criminal justice administration major “Terrorism: Defining Terrorism and Profiling the Offenders” This paper presents how terrorism is comprised of numerous factors and ideas pertaining to terrorism, counter-terrorism in the U.S., and a brief case study of domestic terrorism in the U.S.

Alisa Calvo, senior social work major Staci Kachel, senior social work major Ashley Kaminski, senior social work major Jennifer McFarland, senior social work major “Traditional foster care vs. Kinship care” The research compared national rates of kinship care to traditional foster care. The researchers analyzed the data to see if there has been an increase in national rates for kinship care placements in the last five years. Children placed in kinship care homes have more stability and fewer placement changes.

Zaundra Charles, senior social work major Ibrahima Barry, senior social work major “Rates and Frequencies of Intimate Partner Violence in Pennsylvania from 2008-2012” This research was co-presented at the Higher Education Conference of Berks County on Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expressions. This research explores the rates and frequencies of intimate partner violence and the services that are currently available to support the survivors.

Rachel Gimber, senior social work major Kellie Anne O’Donnell, senior social work major Sean Hart, senior social work major “Gender Differences in College Student Leaders in Seeking Professional Psychological Treatment” This topic was co-presented at the Higher Education Council of Berks County Conference for Undergraduate Researchers and Creative Expression. This study focuses on mental health, stigmatization, lack of awareness, and reluctance of many individuals to seek professional psychological help. The research concentrates on college student leaders, ages 18 and 24.

Lindsey Taylor Knott, senior social work major Jenna Marie Jones, senior social work major “Homelessness Rates Among Veterans and Individuals with Chronic Substance Abuse” This topic was co-presented at the Higher Education of Berks County Undergraduate Conference on Research and Creative Expression. The study compares the statistical data between homeless veterans and individuals with chronic substance abuse between the calendar years of 2009 to 2012.

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Faculty Scholarship Today, as we honor students and faculty with annual awards, we also recognize faculty members who have authored scholarly works, presented findings, artwork, and new ideas (both locally and abroad), performed time-honored musical pieces to enthralled audiences or received awards and grants in the past year. Alvernia University’s commitment to academic excellence is reflected in its faculty’s wide-ranging scholarship — from several years’ worth of research culminating in well-written books to creative analysis presented at national and international conferences. Faculty scholarship activity at Alvernia is complementary to courses of study offered to students, which allows professors to accord interesting and timely information related to a variety of chosen fields. Please enjoy the faculty scholarship, displayed by College and listed alphabetically.

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College of Arts & Sciences Tim H. Blessing, Ph.D. Professor of History and Political Science Presentation “Problems in the ‘Political Time’ Concept of Presidential Performance Analyses” Discussed a variety of issues that indicate that the present dominant model of presidential performance does not adequately describe presidential performance. Given at the Midwest Political Science Association. Presentation “The Obama Re-election in Pennsylvania: Long-term Trends and the 2012 Voting Patterns.” At the Pennsylvania Historical Association, explored the Obama reelection in the light of the Republican coalition (dating from 1928) and the Democratic Coalition (dating from 1936) and how the Perot irruptions in 1992 and 1996 paved the way for the election and reelection of President Obama. Presentation “Critical Elections Revisited, County-Level Voting Patterns Since 1908” Paper, given at the Northeast Political Science Association, that outlined long-term trends, at the county level back to 1908, in the U.S.

Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS Chair, Psychology and Counseling Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Presentation “The impact of Tourism on Indigenous Tribes in the United States” Co-presented with Tracey Bown, graduate student, at the 10th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, Split, Croatia, Jan. 2014. This presentation was a meta-analysis of available research on the impact of tourism on the cultural, economic and environmental sustainability of indigenous tribes in the United States. Suggestions were included for integration of tourism to sustain tribal land and culture.

Presentation “Current Police Physical Fitness Testing and Gender Attitudes: Lessons to Heed from the U.S. Military, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences” Co-presented February 2014 with Rhianon Trate, criminal justice undergraduate student. A content analysis of state and municipal law enforcement agency physical fitness requirements provided a possible association between their standards and negative attitudes towards female members of the U.S. Military. Presentation “Paraphilias: What Are They?” Co-presented Feb. 2014 at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences with Ashley Jones, criminal justice undergraduate student. This presentation described paraphilias as portrayed in the media and criminal justice literature. Examples of serial killers and their paraphilias were provided. Presentation “Eyewitness Identification: Fact or Fiction?” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Feb. 2014. Co-presented with Marina Gillies, criminal justice undergraduate student. This was a review of the literature of the use of eyewitness identification in the criminal justice field. Suggestions for best-practice usage of eyewitness identification were made. Presentation “Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness in Higher Education, A Pilot Study” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Feb. 2014. Co-presented with Dr. Tufan Tiglioglu and Tracey Brown, graduate student. The history and evolution of current practices of emergency preparedness and implications for higher education leaders were discussed. Data from a survey of Pennsylvania institutions of higher education were presented.

Presentation “Connection between Transformational Leadership and Emergency Preparedness, International Leadership Association” Co-presented with Tracey Brown, graduate student, Nov. 2013, this webinar explored a connection between transformational leadership and emergency preparedness. An evaluation of best practices was made. Suggestions were presented for organizing a comprehensive plan for emergency preparedness grounded in established leadership theory.

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Rosemarie Chinni, Ph.D.

Kevin Donnelly, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry/Forensic Science

Assistant Professor of History

Publication “Dependence of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Results on Pulse Energies and Timing Parameters Using Soil Simulants” She is a co-author on this publication with two students (Lauren Kurek and Maya Najarian) and David A. Cremers. This paper discusses LIBS detection capabilities on soil simulants using a range of pulse energies and timing parameters. It was published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments in Sept. 2013.

Publication “On the Boredom of Science: Positional Astronomy in the Nineteenth Century” Published in the British Journal for the History of Science, November 2013.

Presentation “Incorporating Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) into Undergraduate Education” This was presented at LIBS-URT (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy in Undergraduate Research and Teaching) held at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., in Nov. 2013. This presentation discussed how LIBS can be incorporated into undergraduate education through research and laboratory experiments. Presentation “Incorporating Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) into Undergraduate Education” She is a co-author on this presentation with undergraduate student Daniel Kwasniewski. It was presented at the Scientific eXchange-the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (SciXFACSS) Meeting in Sept. 2013 in Milwaukee, Wis. This presentation discussed how LIBS can be incorporated into undergraduate education. Judge “2014 Berks Best Judge” She is one of three judges that examines top high school senior applications from across Berks County in the category of Science/ Environment. Grant “2013 Alvernia University Faculty Excellence Grant” She received this grant for writing a scholarly article entitled “High Pressure Liquid Chromatography Determination of Additives in Various Drinks.” This was submitted to the Journal of Chromatographic Science and is currently under review.

Publication “Social Physics or Social Disease? Quetelet, Villerme, and Cholera in Brussels and Paris, 1832” Book chapter in “Royalists, Radicals and les Miserables: France in 1832, ed. Eric Martone (Newcastle, 2013). Award “Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship” University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Grant “Travel-to-Collections Grant” Sophia Smith Collections, Smith College

Ondra M. Kielbasa, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology Grant “Faculty Excellence Grant” Received a summer 2013 grant for the development of a research program in cell biology. This grant supported the purchase of research supplies and the projects engaged students in designing and performing experiments to characterize mammalian cell lines in culture. Grant “Alvernia University Innovation Grant” Received a spring 2014 Innovation Grant to develop a rigorous, inquiry-based laboratory science course in the area of cell biology. This course was uniquely designed to provide students with a “research-like” experience in the classroom by engaging them in cell biology projects that spanned the semester. Presentation “Molecular Pathways Governing Striated Muscle Formation and Function” Participated in research presentations at the “Disappearing Boundaries Summer Research Meeting” at Lebanon Valley College during the summer of 2013.

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Diane Kraft, MS, RD, LDN Instructor of Biology Publication Co-author of Earle L, Fontenot B, Kraft D, Magaletto P, Rivera T, Schmitz K, Thomas L. “Nutrition for Health and Healthcare; 5th ed. Instructor’s Manual.” Belmont. Calif., Cengage Learning; 2014. Installation Diane Kraft, MS, RD, LDN completed a three-year term serving as Nutritionist on The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Emergency Food Advisory Committee in Jan. 2013.

Presentation “Camus and the communication of science paradox” Donnelly, K., Heinze, A., Lange, R., & Fitzpatrick, C. (2013, Oct.). Camus and the communication of science paradox. Panel presentation at the pre-conference for the 74th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Comunication Association, Erie, Pa. Publication “Frequent contributors in U.S. newspaper comment forums: An examination of their civility and informational value” Blom, R., Carpenter, S., Bowe, B. J. & Lange, R. (2014). Frequent contributors in U.S. newspaper comment forums: An examination of their civility and informational value. Accepted for publication in American Behavioral Scientist.

Ryan Lange, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Communication Presentation “The influence of physical activity habits on observed video game travel mode decisions” Lange, R., Banks, J., & Lange, A. (2014, May). The influence of physical activity habits on observed video game travel mode decisions. Paper to be presented at the 64th annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Seattle, Wash. Presentation “A pilot investigation of Goffman’s self-presentation theory as applied to LinkedIn” Fitzpatrick, C., Lange, R., & Radosh, J. (2014, April). A pilot investigation of Goffman’s self-presentation theory as applied to LinkedIn. Paper to be presented at the 105th annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Providence, R.I. Presentation “The social network of Saint Francis: Formation of junior faculty and integration into the larger university community” Way, E., Rampson, P., Heinze, A., & Lange, R. (2014, June). The social network of Saint Francis: Formation of junior faculty and integration into the larger university community. Panel presentation at the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities symposium, Aston, Pa. Presentation “Frequent contributors in U.S. newspaper comment forums: An examination of their civility and informational value” Carpenter, S., Blom, R., Lacy, S., & Lange, R. (2013, Nov.). Frequent contributors in U.S. newspaper comment forums: An examination of their civility and informational value. Paper presented at the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago, Ill.

Elizabeth Kirk Matteo, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology Publication “A social psychological approach to mission assessment.” Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 1-13, Matteo, E. & Ferrari (2014). Using a social psychological framework, this study examined the relationship between undergraduates’ sense of school belonging and endorsement of their universities’ mission identity at two U.S. universities of different size, geographic location, and Catholic traditions. Publication “Measuring students’ perceptions of institutional identity: Validating the DePaul Mission and Values Inventory at a Franciscan university” Matteo, E., Bottom, T., & Ferrari, J. (2014). Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 1-13. The original DePaul Mission and Values Inventory (DMV) was validated based on the mission, identity, and values of a large urban Catholic, Vincentian institution (Ferrari & Velcoff, 2006). The current study examined the suitability of the DMV at a small, suburban, Catholic, Franciscan university. Publication “Sense of community, inclusion, and religious pluralism: A comparison of two Catholic universities” Ferrari, J., Bottom, T., & Matteo, E. (2014). Religious Education.109 (2), 1-14. For decades researchers assessed sense of community (SOC), inclusion, and pluralism within academic settings. In this study, 2,220 undergraduate students (1,442 women, 778 men; M age = 23.42 years; SD = 7.84) at two Catholic universities responded to perceived levels of school sense of community, inclusion, and religious pluralism.

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Caroline Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

John A. Rochowicz, Jr., Ed. D.

Assistant Professor of Communication and English

Professor of Mathematics

Presentation “Unearthing & Preserving Sigma Tau Delta’s Kulturgeschichte” Presented at the International English Honor Society’s Convention (Feb. 2014) on the people, the stories, and the unofficial traces of the society’s thriving organizational culture.

Award Reading Berks Science and Engineering Fair On March 12, 2013, Rochowicz received an award from the Reading Berks Science and Engineering Fair for more than 25 years of service as a judge in the junior and senior divisions in the categories of physics, physical science, mathematics and computers.

Installation “Vice President/President Elect, International English Honor Society” Elected to executive board (March 2014) of second largest international honor society consisting of 850 chapters, 1000+ faculty sponsors, and 9000+ members inducted on an annual basis. Presentation “The Quest for a Genderless Slut: The Cultural and Linguistic Influence of Sexually Derogatory” Rhetoric on Fe/Male Identity presented at the International Conference of Popular Culture Association (April 2014) on the etymology of derogatory words directed at women, the articulation of different meanings, and the socio-cultural effects of the labels throughout English language history. Presentation “A Pilot Investigation of Goffman’s Self-Presentation Theory as Applied to LinkedIn” Co-presented with Ryan Lange (communication) at the Eastern Communication Association Convention (April 2014) on the ways in which people communicate and manage their personal impressions with others and exhibit sense of self on the professional social network LinkedIn. Presentation “Goffman’s Theory of Self-Presentation on LinkedIn” Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association Conference (Nov. 2013) on the dramaturgical communication within social networks with actors as symbols of individuals and performances as the impressions made to others. Presentation “Camus and the Communication of Science Paradox” Co-presented with Kevin Donnelly (history), Adam Heinze (biology) and Ryan Lange (communication) at the Pennsylvania Communication Conference, Albert Camus & Philosophy of Communication: Making Sense in an Age of Absurdity (Oct. 2013).

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Judge Reading Berks Science and Engineering Fair Judged 8th grade physics projects on March 12, 2013 at the RBSEF including a) Temperature effects on magnetic fields and b) The elasticity, surface tension and survival time of soap bubbles. This fair is held at Albright College and sponsored by the Intel Corporation and the Reading Berks Engineers. Judge St Catharine of Siena Science Fair Judged 6th grade and 8th grade physics projects on Jan. 27, 2014 including a) Protective properties of materials b) Creating circuits from coins and c) repeated strains and stress yield points of metals. The winning exhibit: Creating Circuits from Coins was well-presented with accurate and correct data analysis. Judge Berks County Mathematics Championship Being a member of the Berks County Mathematics Championship Committee, Rochowicz oversees the scoring and ranking of students and schools that participate in this contest. Every five years, he is also responsible for constructing tests. The annual championship was hosted by RACC on Nov. 4, 2013. Publication “Bootstrapping Analysis Inferential Statistics and EXCEL” This paper, published 2011, is the second most popular paper from Electronic Journal Spreadsheets in Education with over 5,600 downloads. Rochowicz has mentored various professors and students from Australia, Brazil, Japan and Texas on this analysis. This paper addresses statistical inference without validation of assumptions. Publication “P-Value Approximations of T-Tests of Hypothesis” This paper, published Dec. 2012, was downloaded over 600 times as of March 2, 2014 from eJSiE. In this paper numerical analysis techniques including Simpson’s Rule and Monte Carlo Approximations are applied to calculating the t-statistic.


Ana Ruiz, Ph.D.

Bongrae Seok, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Grant “Alumni Survey on Service and Community Engagement: What Else is There?” Faculty Excellence Grant, Fall 2013, awarded to Dr. Ruiz to support further exploration of alumni survey data.

Publication “The Embodied Mind” Dr. Bongrae Seok translated “The Embodied Mind” (by Varela, Thompson, and Rosch, MIT Press) and published it in South Korea by Gimm-Young Publishers.

Grant “The Effects of Art Programming on Children’s Creative Thinking” Faculty Excellence Grant, Summer 2013, awarded to Drs. Way, Ruiz, You, Warchal, and Matteo to examine divergent thinking abilities of children attending a local afterschool program.

Presentation “Moral Virtuosity, Moral Improvisation, and Moral Sense in Confucian Spontaneity” Dr. Bongrae Seok presented “Moral Virtuosity, Moral Improvisation, and Moral Sense in Confucian Spontaneity” at the APA conference, Dec. 2013. He analyzed spontaneous moral behavior from the perspective of artistic improvisation and virtuosity and explained them with Confucian moral faculty.

Grant “Is the Teaching of ethics to Undergraduate Psychology Majors Reflected in Psychology Syllabi?” Faculty Excellence Grant, Summer 2013, awarded to Drs. Ruiz, You, and Warchal to identify how psychology instructors present ethics in their syllabi. Presentation “Fostering the ‘Citizen’ in the Psychologically Literate Citizen” Co-presented with Drs. Bringle and Brown and Ms. Hedgepath, at 36th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, Jan. 2014, St. Pete Beach, Fla. Presentation “Ethics as an Undergraduate Outcome: When, Where and How to Teach It.” Co-presented with Dr. Warchal, at International Conference on Teaching of Psychology - VICTOP, Summer 2013, Vancouver, Canada.

Publication “Neuroscience, Moral Sentimentalism, and Confucian Philosophy: Moral Psychology of the Body and Emotion” Dr. Bongrae Seok published an article “Neuroscience, Moral Sentimentalism, and Confucian Philosophy: Moral Psychology of the Body and Emotion” in APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies (vol. 13-1, Fall, 2013). He discussed how neuroscience and philosophy can be joined together in their investigation of the moral mind. Presentation “Negative Virtues and the Sustainability Approach” Dr. Bongrae Seok presented his paper “Negative Virtues and the Sustainability Approach” in the seventh annual Felician ethics conference (April, 2013, Felician College). He analyzed the virtues humility, poverty, and shame to develop a new interpretation of moral excellence from the perspective of the sustainability approach. Presentation “NeuroAesthetics and Embodied Experience of Beauty” Dr. Bongrae Seok presented his paper “NeuroAesthetics and Embodied Experience of Beauty” at the Sixth Annual Geo-Aesthetics Conference (International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place, March, 2013, Towson University). In this paper, Dr. Seok argues that some foundational features of aesthetic experience are intrinsically embodied. Presentation “Moral Luck and Confucian Philosophy” Dr. Bongrae Seok presented his paper “Moral Luck and Confucian Philosophy” for the 18th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy on July 22, 2013, in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Janae Sholtz, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Philosophy Publication Review “Gilles Deleue: The Fabulation of Philosophy” This review will be published in the April issue of The Philosophical Review, a specialist book review journal in philosophy. Presentation “Permeable Place and a Community-In-Between: Deleuze and Fluxus” Presented at the Pacific Association for Continental Thought in San Francisco in Fall 2103. The paper explores the relationship between Deleuze’s understanding of a minor people and the neo-avant-garde art collective, Fluxus. Award “Neag Junior Scholar” Awarded by Alvernia University for excellence in scholarship and research. The award period begins in Fall 2014.

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Presentation Deleuze Workshop, May 16, at Penn State Invited to be one of four discussion leaders for a day-long workshop on Deleuze and ethics, sponsored by the Penn State Philosophy Department, The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State and The Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Presentation “The Ecstasies of Diagram, Art, and Life: Rhythmic Being Beyond the Frame” Presented at the Geo-Aesthetics Conference on Ecstasy at Towson University. In keeping with the theme of the conference, this paper argues that the work of art functions as a deterritorializing agent that provokes ecstatic experiences connecting human beings with the natural world.


Spencer S. Stober, Ed.D.

Judith Warchal, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Professor of Psychology and Counseling

Publication “Nature-centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative” Dr. Spencer S. Stober co-authored a book entitled, “Nature-centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative,” with Ph.D. students Tracey L. Brown and Sean J. Cullen. Common Ground Publishing launched the book at the 10th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, at the University of Split in Croatia, Jan. 2014.

Publication “Obesity is not new: Addressing it in counseling is.” Co-authored with Dr. Paul West, this article presents the counseling issues affecting clients with obesity, such as weight discrimination, behavior change, isolation, depression, low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, education and job discrimination, bullying, and medical illnesses. It’s published in the American Counseling Association’s VISTAS 2013: Ideas and Research You Can Use.

Publication “Nature-Centered Leadership: Nature as a Stakeholder in Strategic Planning” Dr. Spencer S. Stober published an article entitled, “Nature-Centered Leadership: Nature as a Stakeholder in Strategic Planning” in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 9(1), 2013. This paper was presented at International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Hiroshima, Japan, Jan. 2013.

Publication “Impact of degrees of service on alumni” Co-authored with Dr. Ana Ruiz, this article presents the results of a survey that assessed the long-term impact of multiple service options on alumni employment and attitudes toward careers. It was published in Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, Winter 2014.

Publication “Darwin on the Treatment of Animals: His Thoughts Then and His Influence Now” Dr. Spencer S. Stober and Dr. Donna Yarri published an article entitled, “Darwin on the Treatment of Animals: His Thoughts Then and His Influence Now,” in the Journal of Arts and Humanities, Vol. 2(2), 2013. This paper received a “best paper” award for the Journal. Presentation “Darwin on the Treatment of Animals: His Thoughts Then and His Influence Now” Dr. Spencer S. Stober co-presented a paper entitled, “Darwin on the Treatment of Animals: His Thoughts Then and His Influence Now,” with Dr. Donna Yarri at the 22nd annual meeting of The Association of Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), San Antonio, Tex., Feb. 28 – March 3, 2013. Presentation “Ecological Visionaries as Nature-Centered Leaders” Dr. Spencer S. Stober co-presented on “Ecological Visionaries as Nature-Centered Leaders” with two Ph.D. students, Tracey L. Brown and Sean J. Cullen, at the 10th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, held at the University of Split in Croatia, Jan. 2014. Installation International Advisory Board Dr. Spencer S. Stober has been appointed to the International Advisory Board for the “On Sustainability Knowledge Community” and The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, sponsored by Common Ground Publishing, Feb 2013 - present.

Presentation “Ethics as an undergraduate outcome: When, where and how to teach it.” Co-presented with Dr. Ana Ruiz at the International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Vancouver, Canada in July 2013, this presentation proposed how, when, and where to teach ethics in the undergraduate psychology curriculum to prepare students to become ethically literate citizens. Presentation “Obesity is not new: Addressing it in counseling is.” Co-presented with Dr. Paul West at the American Counseling Asociation’s Annual Conference in Cincinnatti, Ohio, it addressed the counseling needs of clients with weight-related concerns and discussed appropriate counseling interventions. Grant “Is the Teaching of Ethics to Undergraduate Psychology Majors Reflected in Psychology Syllabi?” Alvernia University Faculty Excellence Summer Grant 2013. Awarded to continue collaborative research on ethics in undergraduate psychology programs with Dr. Ana Ruiz and Dr. Di You. Grant “The Effects of Art Programming on Children’s Creative Thinking.” Alvernia University Faculty Excellence Summer Grant 2013. Awarded to continue collaborative research on art and creativity in after-school programs with Drs. Ruiz, You, Way, and Matteo.

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Erin Way, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology Presentation “Relational Aggression and Subjective Well-being in Older Adults” Co-presented with Elizabeth Matteo at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference. This paper focused on the social and emotional experiences of older adults. Individuals who reported having social support reported higher subjective well-being. These individuals also reported experiencing less relational aggression than those who reported a lack of social support. Publication “Preschoolers’ Social Information Processing and Early School Success: The Challenging Situations Task” This journal article focused on the impact of successful social information processing ability on academic performance in Kindergarten. The study has implications for predicting long-term success in school.

Donna Yarri, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theology Presentation “Catholicism in The Sopranos” Was interviewed on the topic “Catholicism in The Sopranos” on June 20, 2013, on the radio talk show on the Catholic Channel at Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Book Review “Saving Babies? The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening” Was published in Ethics & Medicine journal (2014). Book Review “Ethics, Sexual Orientation, and Choices about Children” Was published in Ethics and Medicine journal (2014). Grant “Faculty Excellence Grant” Received Summer 2013 grant for development of an honors course on “The Holocaust,” which is currently being taught. Publication “Darwin on the Treatment of Animals: His Thoughts Then and His Influence Now” Co-published an article with Dr. Spencer S. Stober in the Journal of Arts and Humanities, Vol. 2(2), 2013. This paper received a “best paper” award for this Journal.

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Book Review “A Defense of Dignity: Creating Life, Destroying Life, and Protecting the Rights of Conscience” Was published in Religious Studies Review journal (2014). Book Review “One Body: An Essay in Christian Sexual Ethics” Was published in Religious Studies Review journal (2014). Publication “Ethical Concerns within the Practice of Organ Transplantation” This book review essay was published in the Ethics & Medicine journal, Vol. 30:1, Spring 2014. Judge Ethics Bowl Judge Served as a judge for the National Students Ethics Bowl Competition, sponsored by the Assocation for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) in San Antonio, Tex., on Feb. 21, 2013. This is her fifth year as a judge for the National Ethics Bowl. Grant “Faculty Excellence Grant” Granted in Spring 2014 for completion of book project, “God, Darwin, and the Origins of Life,” with Dr. Spencer S. Stober.

Di You, Ph.D Associate Professor of Psychology Publication “The independence of James Rest’s components of morality: Evidence from a professional ethics curriculum study.” Ethics and Education You, D., & Bebeau, M. J. (2013)., 8(3), 1-15. Publication “The impact of internship on occupational therapy students’ ethical sensitivity, reasoning and distress.” You, D. (2014). American International Journal of contemporary Research, 4(1). Presentation “The impact of internship on undergraduate psychology students’ moral sensitivity and reasoning.” You, D. (2014, April). Paper presented at the Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, Pa.


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College of Professional Programs Theresa M. Adams, Ph.D., RN, CSN

Travis A. Berger, PhD(c)

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Assistant Professor of Business

Presentation “The Evaluation of Service-Learning as an Innovative Strategy to Enhance BSN Students Transcultural Self-Efficacy” Presented at the Sigma Theta Tau International’s 24th International Nursing Research Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, July 15, 2013. This research study examined pre-licensure BSN students’ transcultural self-efficacy before and after a cultural educational intervention.

Presentation “Reclaiming Higher Education as a Public Good: A Matter of Leadership Focus.” Berger, T.A. (2013, Oct.). Conference presentation at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, Penn College, Williamsport, Pa.

Presentation “Heritage Highlights: Assisting RN to BSN Students to Transfer Knowledge to Practice via Innovative Technology” Presented at the 39th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society, Albuquerque, N.M., Oct. 24, 2013. The positive results of implementing innovative teaching strategies with a blended RN to BSN transcultural nursing course were disseminated. Presentation “Connecting to Form International Partnerships for Research, Education, and Practice: The New Online Transcultural Research Interest Group” Co-presented with other founding members of the Online Transcultural Research Interest Group at the Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society, Albuquerque, N.M., Oct. 25, 2013. This presentation highlighted the positive outcomes of this newly formed international research group.

Presentation “Servant Leadership & the C-Suite: A Guide.” Berger, T.A. (5-14-13). This was an invited presentation delivered to the Hershey Entertainment and Resorts executive team in Hershey, Pa. Presentation “College and Leadership Development: Four Years to Establish Credibility.” Berger, T.A. (10-15-13). Keynote address delivered for the Pennsylvania Institute of Public Accountants Accounting Career Day, Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa. Presentation “College and Leadership Development: Four Years to Establish Credibility.” Berger, T.A. (11-04-13). Keynote address delivered for the Pennsylvania Institute of Public Accountants Accounting Career Day, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa. Presentation “College and Leadership Development: Four Years to Establish Credibility.” Berger, T.A. (11-06-13). Keynote address delivered for the Pennsylvania Institute of Public Accountants Accounting Career Day, Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pa. Presentation “College and Leadership Development: Four Years to Establish Credibility.” Berger, T.A. (11-12-13). Keynote address delivered for the Pennsylvania Institute of Public Accountants Accounting Career Day, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, Pa.

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Dolores B Bertoti, DPT Associate Professor, Chair Allied Health and Human Services Publication “Brunnstrom’s Clinical Kinesiology, ed.6” Houglum, PA and Bertoti, DB. Dr. Bertoti’s text has been published in Japanese by Ishayaku Publishers, Inc., Tokoyo. This Gold edition of the hallmark Kinesiology textbook teaching a clinical, functional approach to learning the application of Kinesiology in rehabilitation practice. The focus is on function emphasizing assessment, intervention and prevention. Publication “Physical Therapy for the Child with an Intellectual Disability: Focus on Down Syndrome.” Bertoti DB, Schreiner MB. In Tecklin, H.S. Pediatric Physical Therapy (5th ed.), Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2014. Physical therapists and special educators play multifaceted roles in managing children with intellectual disabilities. In this chapter, co-authors Dr. Dolores B. Bertoti and Dr. Mary B. Schreiner outline functional approaches in assessment and intervention that entry-level physical therapists can use for children with intellectual disabilities, highlighting children with Down syndrome. Presentation “Student Driven Learning: Utilization of a Capstone Project to transition Students from Undergraduate Study to Professional Practice: the Role of Professors as Guideposts in crossing that Bridge” Co-presented with Kimberly J. Stoudt, EdD, ATC, EMT at the Conference of International Journal of Arts & Sciences, Paris, France, March 31 - April 4, 2014. Drs. Stoudt and Bertoti describe a process of employing two different collaborative student-centered learning strategies used in a capstone research course in Athletic Training: team-teaching and peer-led learning. The role of the professors is one of co-learner, facilitator and coach supporting student-driven, experiential discovery learning. Grant “Berks Community Foundation Grant for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Equipment” Dr. Dolores Bertoti and Dr. Karen Thacker coauthored and were awarded a $50,000 grant from the Berks Community Foundation to supply Alvernia University with the start-up equipment costs for the developing Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Publication “Human Development and Performance Throughout the Lifespan, ed 2” Dr. Bertoti reviewed 10 of the 22 chapters of this text (chapters 12-22 Cengage Learning, 2013) written by an OT on lifespan human development from Childhood through adulthood, including issues related to quality of life, occupation, policy and social issues, human performance, wellness, prevention disablement and family impact. Publication “Physical Therapy Worktext, ed 4” Cengage Learning Physical Therapy Aide: A Worktext, 4e. Dr. Bertoti has served as a reviewer for all four editions of this text which details all aspects of the role and work of a physical therapy aide. Topics ranged from basic physical therapy assisting techniques, a musculoskeletal anatomy review to ethics, confidentiality and professional communication skills.

Samuel M. Bradley, DBA Assistant Professor of Business Publication “Corporate Social Responsibility and Sporting Events” The publication is a chapter in the upcoming text “Strategies in Sports Management.” Consumer behavior is analyzed in the context of the perceived socially responsible behavior of major international sports leagues and global sporting events. Ethics and socially responsible behavior are discussed relative to attracting paying customers. Presentation “Integrating Service-Learning into a Marketing Curriculum” Marketing classes that integrate a service-learning component in the curriculum provide students with an in-depth understanding of the development of marketing plan. Partnering with a local non-profit organization provides real-world situations as the students learn first hand about consumer behavior while supporting a local partner.

Vera C. Brancato, Ed.D., MSN, RN Professor of Nursing Presentation “Empowering Teaching Strategies Used by Baccalaureate Nursing Faculty” Presented at the Sigma Theta Tau International’s 24th International Nursing Research Congress on July 23, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Gregory Chown, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM

Bryan Dreibelbis, CMA, CFM

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Associate Professor of Business

Presentation “The Use of Psychosocial Services Post Hand and Upper Limb Injury and Trauma: A Pilot Study” The purpose of this research study was to explore the prevalence or use of psychosocial services by occupational therapists and certified hand therapists who work with patients who have sustained a hand/ upper limb injury.

Presentation “Was Reading the First Detroit?” In May, 2013, Dreibelbis presented to the Reading Institute of Management Accountants Chapter the above topic, which focused on the motor vehicle industry in Reading from 1900-1925. It focused on the major manufacturers, their products, what made them successful and what ultimately led to their demise.

Presentation “The Perception of Occupational Therapists Working in the Emergency Department” The purpose of this study was to study the perception of OT practitioners when providing services in the emegency department regarding quality of patient care. In addition objectives were to explore the role of the OT practitioner, opinion of other healthcare professionals and impact on the future of OT.

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Presentation “Infusing Institutional Values and Mission to Promote Student Professional Development” As a co-author, this presentation demonstrated how OT programs can utilize institutional and professional mission statements, values and strategic plans to promote sustained contemplation and reflection along the academic continuum to promote positive student professional behaviors.

Anne M. Fink, Ph.D., RN, CNE Publication “Culturally competent postpartum care for Puerto Rican women: Results of a qualitative study.” Dr. Fink published “Culturally competent postpartum care for Puerto Rican women: Results of a qualitative study” in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. Presentation “Culturally Competent Postpartum Care for Puerto Rican Women” Dr. Fink presented a poster entitled “Culturally Competent Postpartum Care for Puerto Rican Women” at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses Convention, in Nashville, Tenn.

Grant “Development of Inter Professional Education through Lab Simulation Between Occupational Therapy and Nursing Students” The purpose of this co-authored innovation grant was to infuse interdisciplinary education into classroom teaching of nursing and occupational therapy students through a patient lab simulation experience.

Presentation “Role of Culture in Primiparous Puerto Rican Women’s Postpartum Infant and Self-Care” Dr. Fink presented a podium presentation entitled “Role of Culture in Primiparous Puerto Rican Women’s Postpartum Infant and Self-Care” at the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress in Prague, Czech Republic.

Grant “Certification in the use of Low Level Lasers” Certification achieved in the use of low level laser therapy.

Presentation “Preparing Nurses to Assist Consumers with Online Health Education: A Teaching Strategy” Dr. Fink presented a poster entitled “Preparing Nurses to Assist Consumers with Online Health Education: A Teaching Strategy” at the National League for Nursing Technology Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

Presentation “Is the Use of Splinting Better than Open Surgery to Reduce Symptoms and Improve Function for a Patient with CTS?” The purpose of this research was to determine for a patient with carpal tunnel syndrome if splinting is better than open surgery to reduce symptoms and improve function, and to demonstrate the use of evidence based practice when choosing an intervention.

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Judge Dr. Fink was selected to be a Peer Reviewer for The Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.


Deborah A. Greenawald, Ph.D., RN, CNE Associate Professor of Nursing Presentation “Read, Reflect, Respond, Respect” An invited oral presentation at the 19th Qualitative Health Research Conference. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. “Read, Reflect, Respond, Respect: Using Literature to Promote Awareness of Mental Health Issues among Interdisciplinary Healthcare Students” was given Oct. 2013. Presentation “Immunization Update for Childcare Professionals” “Who Calls the Shots?! An Immunization Update for Childcare Practitioners” was given on Sept. 13, 2013 at the Penn State Cooperative Extension/Berks County Child Care Workshops. Textbook Reviewer Dr. Greenawald served as a content reviewer for the first edition of “The Interprofessional Healthcare Team: Leadership and Development” (Weiss, D., Tilin, F., & Morgan, M.) published in 2014 by Jones & Bartlett. Grant “Faculty Excellence Grant” In the fall of 2013, Dr. Greenawald was awarded a Faculty Excellence grant for her project titled “Honors course development to Advance Teaching-Learning Excellence” and developed two new courses on 1) the history of treatment of persons with mental illness/intellectual disabilties, and 2) holistic healing practices.

Edgar J. Hartung, J.D. Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Presentation “A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Federal Legislation on Crime Reporting on United States College and University Campuses” Presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 51st Annual Meeting, Feb. 10-15, 2014, Philadelphia, Pa. Co-presenters Peggy Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., CTS and Tracey Brown, M.A., graduate student. This paper detailed federal legislation in crime reporting on college and university campuses. Ramifications of the Clery Act, including training, violations and penalities for non-compliance were discussed. The information has significance for leaders in higher education in connecting perceptions of campus crime to a comprehensive plan for emergency preparedness. Presentation “The Price of Security” Newspaper interview regarding the National Sercurity Agency interception of personal communications. Pros and cons of the NSA actions were discussed. Published in the Reading Eagle, Sept. 8, 2013.

Presentation “Boston Marathon Act of Terrorism” Televison interview regarding the terrorist event of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, aired on Channel 69 News, April 17, 2013.

John Lichtenwalner, LSW Field Education Coordinator, Instructor Presentation “Impact of asynchronous computer-mediated communication on social work education” Presented at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Conference in Louisville, Ky., this session focused on the ways in which email and other forms of computer-mediated communication have changed relationship dynamics between social work educators and students.

Rosemary C. McFee, M.Ed. Instructor, Criminal Justice Presentation “Incorporating University Mission into the Criminal Justice Curriculum” Presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., on Feb. 19, 2014. The presentation focused on how criminal justice educators can include their university’s mission in various classes so that students can be offered ways to conceptualize and analyze mission. Award “Life Membership Award” Awarded Life Membership in the Pennsylvania District of Kiwanis International in recognition and honor of outstanding efforts to further the objectives of Kiwanis in Pa. This award was presented after Ms. McFee served three years as a Board Trustee for the PA District of Kiwanis. Presentation “Juvenile Delinquency - Prevention Techniques” Presented at the Alvernia University Seniors College on Feb. 4, 2014. The topic covered an overview of the Juvenile Justice System in Pa., and techniques to help in the prevention of juvenile crime. Presentation “From Retirement to the Classroom - Lessons Learned, Lessons Taught” Presented at a workshop at the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association’s Annual Conference in Ocean City, Md., June 9-12, 2013. Her workshop discussed issues that probation/parole practitioners may encounter in the transition from officer/manager to college instructor.

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Kathleen Muzevich, Ed.D. Assistant Professor of Education and FYS Director Publication “The Handwriting Wars” Muzevich’s e-book published by Universal Publishing discusses the merits of teaching handwriting in elementary schools today, the concern about the diminishing importance of this “lost art,” and why schools should keep it. It is available at www.upub.net.

diverse student body. This article in the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, co-authored by Mary B. Schreiner, Cynthia D. Rothenberger, and A. Janae Sholtz, introduces how brain-related research is yielding universal course design strategies, for syllabi, instruction, and assessment. Presentation “Generalizing Self-advocacy from High School to College: Bridging the Gap of Non-disclosure” Self-advocacy looks different in high school and college. At the conference of the Division on Career Development and Transition of the Council for Exceptional Children, Dr. Schreiner addressed how the gap can be closed for students who don’t disclose their disabilities, by offering successful self-advocacy ideas for these students.

Presentation “Teaching and Evaluating the Writing of Our Youngest Learners” This presentation, made at the 28th Southern California Kindergarten Conference in Pasadena, Calif., on March 1, 2014, focused on writing and assessment strategies for emergent writers in kindergarten and first grade. Participants received numerous handouts for supporting emergent writers and practiced scoring writing samples using Dr. Muzevich’s emergent writing rubric.

Program Director and Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

Presentation “Measuring the Common Core: Teaching and Assessing Emergent Writers” Dr. Muzevich shared a variety of teaching activities for use with kindergarten and first grade students at the 2014 National Catholic Education Association Convention and Expo held in Pittsburgh, Pa., April 22-24, 2014. Teachers also learned how to use her emergent writing rubric to measure the Common Core Standards.

Publication “Performance Triad - U.S. Army Surgeon General” 2012-present, Dr. Stoudt serves alongside military and civilian content experts to develop materials for the Performance Triad, an initiative of the U.S. Army Surgeon General. The triad consists of sleep, activity, and nutrition. The program is operational at military installations helping soldiers prepare to answer our nation’s call.

Mary B. Schreiner, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Education Presentation “Special Education Teaching Training Online: Experiences and Preferences of Providers and Consumers” Information about currently available online teacher training in special education was provided at the International Association of Special Education conference. Dr. Schreiner and Dr. Licata shared their design and delivery experiences and exchanged ideas with online course providers and potential consumers who attended the session. Publication “Intellectual Disabilities: Focus on Down Syndrome” Physical therapists and special educators play multifaceted roles in managing children with intellectual disabilities. In this chapter of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Dr. Dolores B. Bertoti and Dr. Mary B. Schreiner outline approaches in assessment and intervention that therapists can use for children with intellectual disabilities, highlighting children with Down syndrome. Publication “Using Brain Research to Drive Teaching Innovations: Faculty Development in Universal Course Design” Faculty is challenged to meet the needs of an increasingly learning-

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Publication “Consortium for Health and Military Performance/Human Performance Resource Center” 2012-13, Dr. Stoudt worked full-time at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Consortium for Health and Military Performance, Human Performance Resource Center (HPRC). Through a mandate from the Department of Defense, the HPRC provides timely, scientifically-based human performance optimization information for military personnel. Presentation “Uniformed Services Univerity of the Health Sciences” 2012-13, Dr. Stoudt taught students in the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Her areas of instruction for the future military physicians included Combat Medical Skills and musculoskeletal evaluation techniques.

Tufan Tiglioglu, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Finance and International Business Publication “Estimation Window and the Power of Event Study” Dr. Tiglioglu co-authored this paper with Dr. Liang Ding, accepted for publication by the Pennsylvania Economic Review (PER) Journal.


Presentation “Service Learning for Doctoral Programs in Leadership” Dr. Tiglioglu and Ph.D. student Sean J. Cullen presented this at the International Leadership Association Conference, Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Presentation “Digital Leadership for Local Resilience During Disasters” Dr. Tiglioglu, Dr. Peggy Bowen-Hartung, and Ph.D. student Sean J. Cullen presented “Digital Leadership for Local Resilience During Disasters” at the International Leadership Association Conference, Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Installation Board member Dr. Tiglioglu was elected as a board member at the Pennsylvania Economic Association’s Fall Board of Directors Meeting at Penn State. Publication “2014 Berks Vital Signs Community Indicators Report” Dr. Tiglioglu worked with David Myers, director of the O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service, and Ph.D. students, Sean J. Cullen and Tracey L. Brown, for the Berks County Community Indicators Project which was a joint effort with Berks Community Foundation. Presentation “Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness in Higher Education: A Pilot Study” Dr. Tiglioglu, Dr. Peggy Bowen-Hartung, and Ph.D. student Tracey L. Brown coauthored this paper, accepted for presentation to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting in Feb. 2014, Philadelphia, Pa.

Christopher H. Wise, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, MTC, ATC DPT Program Director, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Presentation “A Model for Teaching and Learning Spinal Thrust Manipulation and Its Effect on Participant Confidence in Technique Performance.” Presented as a platform presentation at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists national conference in Oct. 2013. A novel approach to teaching and learning psychomotor skills was presented. Co-investigators were Lattanzi JB, Schenk R. Presentation “A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Active Versus Passive Warm-Up in Improving Hamstring Flexibility in Healthy College Students.” Presented as a poster at the 14th Annual Berks County Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference in April 2013, with Dyszel K, Frantz D, Gerber W, Hermanns M, Kutcher A, McKenzie T, Orr K, Puopolo M, Tome E. Presentation “An Evidence-Based Approach to Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy of the Lumbo-Pelvic Complex: Mobilization and Stabilization.” Developed and presented a two-day seminar at Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Center in New York, N.Y., June 8-9, 2013. Presentation “An Evidence-Based Approach to Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy of the Cervico-Thoracic-Costal Cage Complex.” Developed and presented three 1-2 day seminars at Susquehanna Health System, Muncy, Pa, Feb. 1-2, 2013; Main Line Health System, Springfield, Pa., March 8-9, 2013; and Pennsylvania PT Association, Lycoming, Pa., April 20, 2013.

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Alvernia University Board of Trustees CHAIR Joanne M. Judge, Esq. Stevens & Lee, LLP Attorney/Shareholder

PRESIDENT

Thomas F. Flynn, Ph.D. Alvernia University

UNIVERSITY COUNSEL Heidi Masano, Esq. Masano Bradley Managing Partner PartnerHeidi

SECRETARY

VICE CHAIR

Sr. Danielle Marie Kubelsky, OSF Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Coordinator of Health Benefits & Government Programs

Kevin F. St.Cyr CommScope Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutionsr

TRUSTEES EMERITI The Bernardine Franciscan Sisters James Boscov The Hon. Mary Ann Campbell William H. Combs, III Salvatore M. Cutrona, Sr. Jess F. Cwiklinski Raymond Dee P. Michael Ehlerman

Frank A. Franco, M.D. Bernard Fromm John W. Gruber, M.D. Kathleen Herbein Carolyn R. and T. Jerome Holleran Leroy Kline (deceased) Rev. Msgr. Felix A. Losito (deceased) The Hon. Linda K.M. Ludgate ’77

The Hon. Thomas McMahon Janice Miller Carole Neag Richard Purcell Dick Tschiderer (deceased) Alfred J. Weber Chester M. Winters Robert T. Wright

Frances A. Aitken, CPA Berks County Community Foundation Senior VP for Finance & Operations

Michael Fromm Fromm Electric Supply Corp. President & Chief Executive Officer

Michael A. Mullen SFS Intec, Inc. President, North American Operations

Carl G. Anderson, Jr. Cannondale Partners, LLC General Partner

Angel Helm Retired Investment Banker

Chris Pruitt East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc. Exec. VP of Sales, Finance, & Administration

Charles Barbera, M.D., M ’01 Reading Hospital and Medical Center Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Carl D. Herbein Herbein & Company, Inc. CEO & Founding Partner

Most Rev. John O. Barres, S.T.D, J.C.L., D.D. Bishop of Allentown

Carol L. Hinds, Ph.D. Mount St. Mary’s University Professor

Cynthia Boscov Community Volunteer

Sister Mary Margaret Jackson, OSF Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Local Minister, St. Joseph’s Villa

Sr. Marilisa Helena daSilva, OSF Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Congregational Minister Michelle M. Davis Community Volunteer Robert Davis Vist Financial Corp. President & CEO

Sister Antoinette Keiser, OSF, ’71 Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Congregational Councilor Steven S. Keiser ’80 Real Estate Entrepreneur Kathleen W. Kleppinger ’83 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Vice President, Wealth Management

Timothy Dietrich Barley Snyder, LLC Attorney, Managing Partner

Rachel Maher, DMD ’94 Dentistry for Children

Elsayed Elmarzouky Islamic Center of Reading President

Thomas W. Martell Hub Fabricating Company Owner and CEO (retired) Robert J. McCormack ’82, M’09 Murphy McCormack Business Group, LLC President

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Deanna Reuben ’79 Studio for the Musical Arts Owner George Rice, Jr. ’85 APCO, International Executive Director Don Schalk C.H. Briggs Company President/Chief Operating Officer James C. Sweeney Distributed Systems Services President John D. Wanner, CAE ’82 Wanner Associates, Inc. President Sister Shaun Kathleen Wilson, OSF ’69 Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Director, McGlinn Conference Center Benjamin Zintak, II Zecco, Inc. President


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