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Summer 2011 Cleveland State Univer sity College of Liber al Ar ts and Social Sciences

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Table of Contents

Dr. Gregory Sadlek, Dean Dr. William Morgan, Associate Dean


Creative Director


Lesley Lang

Editor Jody Milkie

Contributors Jeff Karem Jane McCrone William Morgan Murali Nair Mark Tebeau Annie Jouan-Westlund

What’s new with you? Let us know what you’ve been doing!

Keeping up with CLASS and The Purloined Islands

Featured Alumni Mohammad Abukhalil Spring 2011 CLASS Valedictorian and Annie Jouan-Westlund Associate Professor of French, Department of Modern Languages


Visiting India Scholar Dr. Nirmal Selvamony


Cleveland Historical


CSU School of Social Work Advances its Continuing Education Division


CLASS Alumni Updates


Interest and Involvement Enriches CLASS



up with 2011 Promotions Department Heads George Ray

Director, School of Communication

Jennifer Visocky-O’Grady Chair, Art Department

Mary Ellen Waithe

Chair, Philosophy Department

Promotion and Tenure Full Professor Lonnie R. Helton

Professor, School of Social Work

Barbara G. Hoffman

Professor, Anthropology Department

Associate Professor with Tenure Marian A. Bleeke

Associate Professor, Art Department

Michael E. Dumanis

Associate Professor, English Department

Stephanie L. Kent

Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminology Department

Meshack Owino

Associate Professor, History Department

Paul D. Skalski

Associate Professor, School of Communication

José O. Solá

Associate Professor, History Department

Adam T. Sonstegard

Associate Professor, English Department

Neda A. Zawahri

Associate Professor, Political Science Department


PurloinedIslands The Purloined Islands offers the first book-length exploration of literary and cultural exchanges between the United States and the Caribbean during the roughly eighty-year period of their greatest interaction, from the close of the SpanishAmerican War to the Cuban Revolution. The interconnected histories of colonization, migration, slavery, and political struggle thrust writers from both regions into a vibrant literary conversation across national borders. Jeff Karem charts this dialogue and its patterns of influence through an analysis of key literary and cultural sources in English, French, and Spanish, including a large body of rare archival evidence. The book identifies the Caribbean’s vital contribution not only to the literatures of the American hemisphere but also to the literary and intellectual culture of the United States itself. Specifically, Karem shows how such movements as panAfricanism, the New Negro Renaissance, and pan-American modernism have significant Caribbean roots, although the United States has often failed to recognize them, effectively “purloining” those resources without acknowledgment. As his title’s allusion to Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” suggests, Karem argues that the contributions of the Caribbean have been borrowed, appropriated, and nationalized by U.S. culture but are hidden in plain sight. Both its multilingual character and its emphasis on the reciprocity in cultural crosscurrents will make the book of interest to readers not only in Caribbean and American cultural and literary studies but also in pan-American or border studies, Black Atlantic studies, and African American studies.

Letter from the Dean By any measure, the recently completed academic year was a significant and intense year for Cleveland State University. We began the year with our major accreditation visit by the North Central Association. A successful review was crucial to the continuing health of our campus community, and I’m happy to report that we passed accreditation with flying colors. In fact, our accreditation self-study was cited as a national model by the North Central Association. In addition, Cleveland State had to recruit an unusually large number of upper-level administrators this year. We recruited four new permanent deans as well as a new Interim Dean of the College of Engineering. We also recruited one new Vice Provost and two new Vice Presidents. Moreover, the university’s Campus International School (K-2) successfully completed its first year, a whole new CSU student residence complex was built, and the university entered into a new partnership with the Northeast Ohio Universities’ College of Medicine to recruit and train the next generation of physicians with specialties in urban medicine. Finally, anticipating large cuts to our state subsidies in the next biennium, the university spent the entire spring semester discussing and planning exceptionally large adjustments to our permanent operating budget. In some ways, the year has also been a particularly intense year in CLASS. On the negative side, the university budgets cuts will have a significant impact on our college. Pending approval of the CSU Board of Trustees, our operating budget will be reduced by about 8.7% in the next academic year. On the positive side, our Bachelor of Social Work program was officially accredited for the next eight years and our new B.A. program in Black Studies finally received state approval. We also signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Warsaw in Poland, and the program in Middle East Studies chose Amman, Jordan, to be the site of its new study abroad program. In addition, the college has recruited a large group of talented new administrative leaders. George Ray, whose book on interracial communication we recently highlighted in The Innerlink, will become the new Director of our School of Communication. Mary Ellen Waithe, whose pioneering research on women philosophers will be recognized with a university award next fall, has become our new Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy. She will also continue to lead our program in Women’s Studies. Nationally-recognized professor of graphic art, Jennifer Visocky-O’Grady, will become the new Chairperson of the Department of Art. Moreover, Michael Mauldin has moved from being Director of the program in Dramatic Arts to becoming the founding Chairperson of our new Department of Theatre and Dance. In addition, both Myong Chang (Economics) and Tama Engelking (Modern Languages) were appointed to new terms as chairs of their respective departments. Finally, I am pleased to announce that Joyce Mastboom, formerly Chairperson of the Department

of History and current Director of the Liberal Studies program, will become our new Associate Dean of Curriculum on July 1, 2011. In the meantime, CLASS faculty continued to provide the high quality education and research for which they are well known. Five examples are featured in this newsletter. As to research, we highlight English associate professor Jeff Karem’s new book on the relationship between the mainland U.S. and the islands of the Caribbean in the first half of the twentieth century. Published by the University of Virginia Press, Dr. Karem’s important book explores the literary and cultural exchanges between these two regions during the period of their greatest interaction. We also highlight the work of Mark Tebeau and Mark Souther, humanists with a firm grasp of cutting-edge technology. We are pleased to feature their work in creating an iPhone app that essentially curates Cleveland as a historical exhibit. We hope you will enjoy reading about their innovative contribution and that you will be moved to download your own free copy of Cleveland Historical. As to teaching, we feature the work of Annie Jouan-Westlund, whose contributions in our French program earned her the 2010 CLASS Award for Excellence in Teaching. Of particular note is her excellent annual summer course in contemporary French culture, which is offered on site in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Moreover, CLASS is fortunate to have an endowment that allows us to bring a Visiting Scholar from India to campus every two years. This year our visitor was Nirmal Selvamony, a distinguished professor of English and Indian literature and culture, who came to us from the University of Madras Christian College. An expert in Tamil culture, Dr. Selvamony taught courses in Tamil art, music, and literature to CSU students over the course of this past spring. Finally, we are reminded that service to the community is fundamental to our mission at CSU. The School of Social Work takes that mission seriously and is about to begin offering Continuing Education courses in Social Work for working professionals who need to keep their credentials up-to-date. As CSU expands its campus housing, we will have a greater number of traditional students, many of whom will be campus residents. Nevertheless, CSU will continue to serve its non-traditional student base, a group of talented and often inspiring older students who commute. One of our best non-traditional students is Mohammad Abukhalil, who was named Valedictorian both for CLASS and for the entire university. We are pleased to feature Mr. Abukhalil’s inspiring story in these pages. Finally, in these pages we honor two individuals whose financial contributions are crucial to continuing the work of the college. Larry Enterline, an alumnus of CSU’s Nance College of Business, has recently established a full scholarship for an outstanding student in our Bachelor of Social Work program. In addition, Regennia Williams, an associate professor in CSU’s History Department, has recently created a research endowment for scholars using the RASHAD/Praying Grounds Archive in the Michael Schwartz Library. We are truly grateful for these contributions. We, thus, have brought a particularly significant academic year to a close, and now we look forward to next year with great anticipation. Best wishes,

Gregory Sadlek

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

The Innerlink | Spring 2011

This year our CLASS Valedictorian, and also the University’s Valedictorian is Mohammad D. Abukhalil who graduated with a double major in International Relations and Religious Studies. He has already been accepted into our M.A. program in Global Interactions. Mr. Abukhalil is a non-traditional student, a husband and father of four children. He is regularly involved with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and hopes one day to be able to contribute to the peaceful solution of the Palestinian-Israel conflict.

Featured Alumni Mohammad Abukhalil Spring 2011 CLASS Valedictorian

What was the best part of your experience at CSU? Out of the many experiences I had at CSU, I became closer to understanding and further from judging (as long as one does not become a harm or a threat to the other). Studying the different levels of analysis while in the political science department deepened my understanding of many current and historical events. Likewise, my studies of different religions in the religious studies department allowed me to understand others based on their own beliefs. Who was your favorite professor? In my experience at CSU, many of the faculty members were like stars in the sky, they helped light my path— and they have a lot to offer. It is difficult to choose just one favorite star professor. Professors Neda Zawahri of Political Science and Stephen Cory of History were outstanding in helping me realize my future dreams and appreciate our humanity. Do you have any tips for students at CSU? Under certain circumstances, CSU allows a student to take 9 credits of graduate courses while being an undergraduate. Try to save some money and time and take advantage of this opportunity. Also, since there are many courses of general education requirements, especially in CLASS, try to use your time wisely and consider a double major. In addition to the knowledge that you gain, it will look good on your résumé. Finally, during my time at CSU, I only missed two days of classes. I strongly believe that complete attendance is one of the keys to academic success. Now that you have graduated what do you plan to do? I took credits toward a master’s program as an undergraduate. Because I enjoy and love studying at CSU, it is a natural fit for me to enroll in the Master of Arts in Global Interactions (MAGI) program in the Political Science Department. I encourage current students to consider this graduate degree. My dream for the future is to turn the battlefields of the Middle East into playgrounds for the region’s children to play and integrate. As my dream becomes truth for a peaceful Middle East region, I will credit Cleveland State University where I love studying.

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During spring semester the College hosted Visiting India Scholar Dr. Nirmal Selvamony. Dr. Selvamony’s busy teaching schedule included an English Honors course in Indian EcoCriticism, a joint Music and English Department course on Tamil Music and Poetry, and an evening course on Tamil Art. As a bonus, Dr. Selvamony also demonstrated his musical talent. He prefaced his university lecture at the Student Center this April with a virtuoso performance of traditional Tamil music, played not on the customary Indian sitar, but rather on his preferred instrument, the American-created electric guitar. Students in his Honors course gained a fresh perspective on the environmentalist movement based on the ancient Indian concept of tinai. The concept is set forth in an ancient Indian text and develops a philosophy of sustainability based on a model of five geographic terrains. Inhabitants of each terrain learn to prosper by living a life style, including food production and consumption, consistent with their terrain. Dr. Selvamony argues that this earth-friendly world view predates the better known Indian philosophy of the hierarchical caste system. Dr. Selvamony has taught for 25 years at Madras Christian College (MCC). Located in Chennai, MCC is one of India’s leading private liberal arts colleges with a national and international student body. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Madras. Besides this formal training, he attributes equal significance to the knowledge gained from a life-long tutelage by a noted traditional Tamil scholar. Dr. Selvamony’s appreciation and unique perspective on Indian culture reflect his South Indian, Tamil heritage, his

Annie Jouan-Westlund Associate Professor of French Department of Modern Languages

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r. Nirmal Selvamony deep comparative knowledge of English culture through the lens of English literature, and his minority position as one of the 2.6 percent of the Indian population who practice a blended Indian form of Christianity. His recently deceased father was the distinguished Bishop of Kanyakumari, the Church of South India, and was noted for incorporating Tamil culture into his religious practice. Dr. Selvamony’s wife, a professor of pharmacology, came with their daughter in May to visit him in Cleveland, at his sister’s home in Brunswick (where she is a family practice physician), before their joint return to India in June. Dr. Selvamony’s residency was funded with generous endowment support from the India Scholar program and matching funding from the College. The India Scholar fund began in the early 1980s, the idea of several prominent members of the Greater Cleveland Indian community, who formed a fund-raising committee under the chairmanship of Dr. K.C. Bhaiji. The inaugural India Scholar, Dr. Nagaraja Rao, was in residence for two quarters in 1991-1992. Currently the Visiting India Scholar is on campus for a semester once every two years, the selection guided by a search committee composed of College faculty and members of the Cleveland Indian community. Thank you Dr. Selvamony for all that you gave to our students in your five months at Cleveland State. In the words of one freshman Honors student, also a member of the CSU wrestling team, “Dr. Selvamony was passionate about what he was teaching—I loved him for that!”

I received the 2011 CLASS Excellence in Teaching Award for my development of the French curriculum and direction of the CSU study abroad program in France consistent with the University’s theme of “Engaged Learning.” In order to fully engage students in their study of French inside and outside the classroom, I created a series of new courses on contemporary French culture, crosscultural, conversation and cinema, and devised field study projects abroad to give students the best learning experience possible while in France. To correct students’ stereotypical vision of France and teach them the complexities and intricacies of French popular culture, I created a civilization course focusing on France in the 20th and 21st centuries, a cinema course on the “Representation of French identity through the Cinematic Lens,” a course on intercultural Franco-American views and a conversation course on French in the media. The logical hands-on outcome and development of these authentic and relevant culture-focused courses is the 5-week program in Clermont-Ferrand and Paris during which students research a specific individualized topic requiring daily interaction with locals, visits and interviews. The fieldwork component forces students to address issues of French society, politics and economics with native speakers. In summer 2010, 9 students researched art history, public art, business, education, sports and popular culture. My role as professor, advisor and program director was to identify, plan, contact and facilitate all the meetings and interactions between CSU students and local large and small business owners, city officials and museum curators. I successfully built a reliable network of professional contacts in France that is crucial to CSU students’ full engagement in the foreign culture and rewarding completion of their field study projects. Thanks to their cultural training on campus and a fully engaged learning experience in France, CSU French students participate in an open dialog between cultures and are betterprepared, engaged citizens in our global world.


istory professors Mark Tebeau and Mark Souther have taken a novel approach to teaching, researching, and exhibiting urban history by creating Cleveland Historical, a free mobile software application - or “app” - for iPhone and Android devices (available at Along with their colleague Erin Bell, who manages technology for the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities (CPHDH), Tebeau and Souther curate Cleveland, interpreting the history of the Northeast Ohio by organizing, connecting, and exploring primary source materials that include historic and current photographs, oral history audio clips, archival film footage and short documentary films. Cleveland Historical features over 140 location-based stories, each with brief narrative text helping to frame each story. In addition, Cleveland Historical offers metainterpretation through historical “tours” that interpret the city through common themes, chronologies, or geographies. Cleveland Historical also provides users with social media functionality (Twitter/Facebook) and is viewable on a parallel website. The project is broadly collaborative. Students, teachers, and the community have helped to populate the mobile platform by conducting research, collecting over 600 oral histories, writing narratives and producing short subject historical films. Cleveland Historical suggests a new way that urban historians might engage their communities, and it received the distinction of an honorable mention as an outstanding public history project from the National Council for Public History. Cleveland Historical has been developed to confront the interpretive challenges being posed by this mobile revolution. The scale of the change is enormous. The Pew Internet and American Life Project estimates

that 40 percent of Americans now use smartphones to access the Internet; Nielson estimates that this number will exceed 50 percent by the end of 2011. Pew also notes that accompanying this rise in use of mobile devices has been explosive growth of mobile software applications and the “rise of apps culture.” In 2009, 3.5 billion apps were distributed worldwide; in 2010 the number soared to 8.2 billion, and in 2011 the number of apps distributed worldwide is expected to more than double to 17.7 billion. By 2015 more than 1.4 billion people worldwide will engage the Internet primarily through mobile devices. The scale and swiftness of this change has been described as paradigmatic. The unprecedented saturation of mobile devices and software apps presents exciting new opportunities for urban historians, cultural institutions, and educators. In light of the challenges facing scholars and museums, CPHDH is currently transforming Cleveland Historical into a broader open-source project, one that could enable scholars or museums to curate the history of any city or town in the world. The Center envisions that the broad initiative, tentatively called the Mobile Historical Project, will address these challenges by offering an innovative, open-source, standards-based, low-cost mobile tool suitable to organizations of all sizes and budgets, while at the same time providing training materials, guides, and models that embody best practices for humanities curating in mobile environments. Scholars in Spokane, Washington, will deploy the first instance of Mobile Historical beyond Cleveland in July 2011. And, broadly, CPHDH is exploring the larger issues associated with scaling this project up with digital humanists and historians at other universities and institutions across the nation, and even internationally.

Continuing Education Workshops

First Series: 2011 Fall Semester


School of Social Work

Continuing Education Division 3.0 CEUs

This workshop, led by Dr. Larry Foster, addresses the theory and application of values and ethics for social work professionals. Its content includes clarifying the distinction and relationship between ethics, integrity, boundaries and professional use of self in practice. Controversial issues accompanying select boundary behaviors and implications for the integrity of the practitioner are illustrated utilizing case material from practice; audience participation in identifying competing moral principles and duties that challenge professional integrity is encouraged.

3.0 CEUs

This workshop, led by Professor Renita Allen, addresses the practice theory and application of supervision for social work professionals. Workshop content includes an overview of the governing rules, laws and standards that must be met when meeting the criterion for credentialing. Experiential exercises are utilized to illustrate how the development of specific practice goals and behaviors are applicable to achieving personal and organizational goals.

6.0 CEUs

“The Practice of Program Evaluation for Social Work Practice: Types, Process, and Models”

This workshop, led by Dr. Mamadou Seck, focuses on social work program evaluation beginning with understanding various methods of needs assessments targeted to appropriate audiences. It focuses on agency program stakeholders, data collection methods and techniques, data analysis and findings, and implications for social work practice. Additional considerations and key issues presented are: program boundaries and political and ethical issues. Assessment outcomes are discussed as formative and summative evaluations to key stakeholders.

6.0 CEUs

“Understanding the Appalachian Culture: Implications for Social Work”


Advances Its

“Values, Ethics and Professional Use of Self in Social Work Practice”

“Professional Supervision as a Component of Managerial Practice”


This workshop, led by Dr. Lonnie Helton, will provide social workers with an overview of the Appalachian culture and will include the following topics: definitions of terms, Appalachia, Appalachians, Urban Appalachians; an overview of Appalachian history and migration patterns; an analysis of Appalachian values, beliefs, and traditions; and strategies for culturally competent assessment and human service practice with Appalachians, especially in urban environments. Case study analysis is a significant component of the workshop and will provide students with the practical application of concepts presented.

The School of Social Work has received approval from the Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board to provide continuing professional education (CPE) hours in the area of social work. The School of Social Work Continuing Education Division is being developed with input from the entire full-time/part-time faculty and more than 250 field education supervisors. The School of Social Work Continuing Education Committee, chaired by Dr. George Tsagaris, will oversee the process of continuing education seminars and workshops, including the established protocol in the recruitment, screening, and selection of presenters and evaluation of the program. The committee will be implementing a CPE needs assessment survey to identify workshop/seminar topics. Its first series of workshops/seminars will be offered during the 2011 Fall Semester in social work ethics, supervision, program evaluation and cultural diversity for special populations. The workshops and presenters are: Social Work Ethics (Dr. Larry Foster), Supervision (Professor Renita Allen), Understanding the Appalachian Culture (Dr. Lonnie Helton), and Program Evaluation (Dr. Mamadou Seck). A full curriculum will be announced in September 2011, with a cadre of instructors from the field of social work. The curriculum will be based on the results of the CPE needs assessment survey and the selection of instructors will be based on their knowledge, skills and expertise. The provision of continuing education opportunities is directed toward meeting the needs of alumni, field instructors, and social work professionals in Northeast Ohio. For more information contact Dr. George Tsagaris, Chairperson, Continuing Education Committee at 216-523-7474. Recently the School of Social Work received eight year full reaccreditation for its BSW and MSW program from the National Council on Social Work Education.

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i n m u l A S CLAS Updates Melissa Spirek Ph.D. (’87 MA, ’85 BA Communication) is Professor and Chair, in the Department of Communication, at Wright State University. Melissa notes, “…Drs. Leo Jeffres and Richard Perloff did an outstanding job in preparing me for my doctorate at Purdue University (1992) and I continue to follow their extraordinary journalism efforts in bridging theory and practice with rigorous scholarship. CSU is an international leader in media scholarship because of these two.” Rev. Neal Buckon (’89 BA History) was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Buckon, a native of Cleveland has been serving as military chaplain in Korea. His ordination as bishop was February 22 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC (Akron Beacon Journal). Leonard N. Moore Ph.D.(’94 MA History) was promoted to full professor in the Department of History and promoted from assistant vice president to associate vice president within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin. Ilah Adkins (’99 BA Political Science) was appointed to President of the Board of Directors at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (The Chronical Telegram). Melissa C. Keith (’01 M.Ed, Education; ’08 MSW, Social Work) relocated to the Washington, D.C. Metro area and is working as a Mental Health Therapist in Behavioral Healthcare. Melissa, a proud CSU alumna, recently passed the Clinical Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) exam and is completing her supervision hours for Ohio as well as for the D.C. Metro area.

I love baseball. The sights, sounds, tastes and the feeling of being at the ballpark is enough to take you back to that first game… even if it was at the old Municipal Stadium! Over the course of the past eight years I was finally able to conclude a journey I’ve always wanted to conquer - on Saturday, August 7, 2010 my wife Julie (Hutton), who is also a CSU grad took me to Toronto for my birthday to see a Blue Jays game and I could finally say that I have visited all 30 MLB stadiums. I have a tradition for every stadium I visit; a picture of myself in front of the stadium, photos from inside the stadium, eat a hot

Christopher P. Viland (’99 BA Philosophy, ’04 Law) was appointed to Chief of Police, City of Solon. John F. Anzelc (’06 BA Communication) is an Associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP, New York. Shawn C. Mishak (’08 BA Communication and English), was noted in The Plain Dealer for directing the movie Long Way To Oblivion. “… If you love disaffected, lovelorn Bukowskispouting musicians and our gritty cityscape, this is the flick for you. Directed by Shawn C. Mishak, a Cleveland State University grad and rocker in the Cleveland-based band Kid Tested, the film boasts a killer soundtrack and a native cast and crew.” Marilyn Ransom (Project 60) played Mrs. Merrilow in the Dover Players’ Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Marilyn enjoys theatre and dance classes at CSU; she credits her return to theatre to Professor Holly Holsinger. In March, representatives from CSU visited with more than 125 alumni and friends during two events in Arizona -- a reception in Phoenix and a Cleveland Indians spring training game in Goodyear. The events have been so well attended over the last three years that these alumni have decided to launch the CSU Southwest Alumni Team. After one year, the team will be able to apply for regional club status from the Cleveland State University Alumni Association. If you live in the southwest region, YOU are invited to join the team and show your CSU pride. For more information, contact Carolyn Champion-Sloan in the CSU Alumni Office at or 216-523-7221.

dog and drink a soda and then around the 7th inning I go and buy a bobblehead. I have bobbleheads from all but three of the stadiums I’ve visited! It’s been an amazing journey to say the least and best of all I was able to share the experience of the final visit with my wife. I am looking forward to visiting new stadiums as they’re built, visiting all the Spring Training sites and sharing more baseball memories with my wife and kids. John P. Keller (’01 BA Philosophy) Director of Alumni Regional Activities & Education, Oberlin College Alumni Association.

A Big Thank You to Our Donors! We are proud to announce two recent gifts to our College. A big thank you to Mr. Larry Enterline and Dr. Regennia Williams whose gifts give true voice to CSU’s commitment to “Engaged Learning.” For more than 30 years, Mr. Larry Enterline, president of The Enterline Foundation, has been committed to improving the lives of individuals with special needs who are intellectually and developmentally disabled. According to Enterline, this segment of our population has traditionally been underserved. Because of these passions and beliefs The Enterline Foundation Scholarship in Social Work has been established. “The short term goal of the Scholarship is to help deserving students get their education and familiarize them with the sector. The long term goal is to equip those with the passion to serve with the tools to do so. We think that will pay great dividends in the future,” said Mr. Enterline. Larry was recently honored with a lifetime membership to Phi Alpha, the Social Work Honor Society. His advice to the new inductees was simple, “Find your passion, start small (because that’s OK—you can do great things), and set about to make the world a better place one person at a time.” Ms. Grace Wright, an undergraduate student, was named the first Enterline Foundation Scholar and will receive full tuition for one semester. She is working with Dr. Walter Zborowsky at The Help Foundation in Cleveland.

The Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Africa and the Diaspora (RASHAD) is on the way to reaching endowment status thanks to Dr. Regennia N. Williams. Her generous pledge of $25,000 to the University links her professional research and teaching interests to student scholarships, short-term fellowships and travel grants for research. In addition, Dr. Williams continues to support a wide range of other scholarships and funds across the university. She is truly ‘walking the walk and talking the talk’ in support of our students. Dr. Williams is an associate professor of History, and was recently featured on C-Span’s “American History TV” for her class on Duke Ellington’s Liturgical Jazz and African American History through Sacred Music. Dr. Williams received a Fulbright Fellowship to Nigeria in 2010; and she is the editor of RASHAD’s quarterly newsletter, Traditions & Beliefs. RASHAD’s lectures, publications, and other project outcomes have the potential to increase mutual understanding between people from diverse racial and ethnic groups at a time when individuals across the globe are concerned about religious conflict and related civil unrest, forced and voluntary migration, social dislocation, and cultural change.

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