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Faculty Focus Hodges University Faculty Newsletter

Inside 2 From the Editor 2 ID Card Update 3 Faculty Retreat 3 Groundbreaking 4 Meet New Faculty 5 In His Own Words 6 Information Assurance 6 Wimba 7 Wake up Naples

Volume 9, Issue 2

Hodges Names School of Technology After Local Alumnus by Joe Turner, Director of Public Relations Hodges University has renamed its School of Technology to the John W. Fisher III School of Technology. The announcement comes in recognition of a generous and significant gift on behalf of Mr. Fisher that ranks among the largest in the history of the university. Fisher is an alumnus of Hodges University, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and was honored as the university’s Alumnus of the Year in 1999. He is the son of John W. Fisher, chairman emeritus and former president of the packaging manufacturer Ball Corporation, former chairman of the Ball Foundation and the namesake of several wellrespected institutions including Ball State University.

pursues his goal of helping provide a good education to anyone with a thirst for knowledge. Fisher is a member of the Hodges University Foundation Board of Directors. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he also serves as a member of the American Military Veterans Education Fund Cabinet. “I am truly honored to have my name associated with the School of Technology,” Fisher said. “My learning experience at Hodges University was like no other in my life, continued on page 2

A resident of Naples, Fisher is semi-retired from the hotel/restaurant supply workforce and currently is a rental property owner/ manager. He actively


8 Faculty Spotlight

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Summer Semester May 12 Classes Begin

July 4 Independence Day Holiday

May 30 Memorial Day Holiday

July 5 Midterm Progress Reports

June 5

August 19-21 Online Final Exams

Gradua on Ceremony

August 22 Submission Deadline for Fall Faculty Focus August 24 Semester Ends

From the Editor Established in 2003, the tri-annual Faculty Focus is the official faculty newsletter of Hodges University. A print edition of the newsletter is distributed at the Faculty Meeting at the start of each semester. In recent years, a digital copy has also been available to view or download as a pdf file through the Faculty Foci team site.

ID Card Project Enters Phase II by Joe Frazier, Director of Campus Safety, Security, and Emergency Management Following the successful implementation of Phase I, we are now entering Phase II of the Hodges ID Card Program. The concept of Phase II was designed and developed by our Student ID Card Implementation Committee, which is comprised of stakeholders representing many of our university departments.   This phase started in April with new students.  When new students enroll they are escorted by an Admissions representative to the appropriate bookstore where bookstore personnel take their pictures and distribute their new ID cards. It will be expanded to include returning students during the first week of the summer semester with the placement of photo stations in each respective student lounge. Student photos will be sent to the bookstores for batch printing of the ID cards, which will then be distributed to the students the following week.

In 2011, significant upgrades have been made to both the print and digital versions of the newsletter. Most notably: Print: o Technical Change: Shift from Microsoft Publisher to Adobe InDesign. o Desired Outcome: Enhanced aesthetic attractiveness and readability Electronic: o Technical Change: Shift from sharing files as Adobe pdf to allowing faculty to view files without a download through

Phase two implementation for students at Learning Sites will also begin the first week of the summer semester. Learning Site representatives received a camera and instructions requesting that they capture the pictures of their students and send those images to the main campus. Once the ID cards are printed, they will be given to Library or Admissions personnel for transport to the learning site representative for distribution to students.

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o Desired Outcome: Increased digital readership in a more user friendly environment

Peter T. Van Leeuwen Editor


having studied in an academically challenging environment and learning model that are based on real life experiences. As an adult learner, I appreciated the smaller class sizes and felt as if my professional business experience was valued. Clearly, the university’s mission to enhance the ability of students to achieve their life and career objectives is being met.” The School of Technology was one of the first academic schools established at Hodges University. Students in this school have a desire to explore technology and how it can be used to improve the way we conduct business or the way we live our lives. Programs of study within this school include computer informa on technology, digital design and graphics, and informa on systems management at the undergraduate level, and computer informa on technology and informa on systems management at the graduate level. Summer 2011

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Faculty Retreat by Peter T. Van Leeuwen, Director of Distance Education In March, the 2011 faculty retreat morning session focused on Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. We were taken through the different stages by co-presenters - Pat Riley, Executive Director of the Alliance for Educational Leaders, and Tom Stephens. The afternoon panel discussion considered how the leadership and initiative learning outcomes have been interwoven into the Hodges curricula. Dr. Aysegul Timur, Dr. Nancey Wyant, Dr. Carlene Harrison, and Professor Al Ball informed us how they have been integrating both learning outcomes into their respective programs.  The retreat concluded with a roundtable discussion on potential QEP topics.


Groundbreaking by Dave Rice, Vice President of Information Technology and Facilities Management On Friday, March 12 University officials and community stakeholders participated in the ground-breaking ceremony for our new $12 million, three-story 48,000 square foot building on the Fort Myers campus. The new building will include twenty classrooms, office space for fifty staff/faculty, two executive conference rooms and a full service Student Union that will include a cafeteria and a coffee bar. Progress on our new Fort Myers building is on schedule. Underground ultilities are in place and the slab has been poured. The second floor steel superstructure and the exterior block walls are rapidly coming together. We will see significant site improvements over the next few weeks. Occupancy is scheduled for March 2012.

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Introducing New Faculty Prof. Chip McElroy, Assistant Professor – Fisher School of Technology Prof. McElroy is a graduate of Marywood University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1998) and a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design (2001). He is the owner of the design firm MavenGraphics, which services clients in both print and interactivity design. With over 12 years of professional experience, Mr. McElroy has a wealth of knowledge in many aspects of a professional graphic designer’s career. Previously, he served as the Program Manager for the Design Studies (Graphic Design, Computer Animation and CADD) at Southwest Florida College. Additionally he has worked as a graphic designer in both agency and corporate environments, including time as Senior Designer for WilsonMiller, Inc.

Dr. Mary Nuosce, Assistant Professor – Nichols School of Professional Studies Dr. Nuosce is a graduate of the University of Akron in Ohio with a Master’s degree in counseling (1992) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (2007). For the past two years, she has been teaching at Hodges as Adjunct Professor in the Applied Psychology program in addition to managing the functional and clinical operations of a residential substance abuse treatment program in Naples the last eight years. Prior to these experiences, Dr. Nuosce worked part-time as a psychotherapist with an employee assistance program and with a group of psychologists while holding a full-time managerial marketing position for a vacuum cleaner company in Northeast Ohio. She joined the Hodges full-time faculty on May 1.

Dr. Susan Summerton, Adjunct Professor – School of Allied Health Dr. Summerton earned her undergraduate degree from Florida State University. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University, School of Optometry and completed an externship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dr. Summerton practiced in St. Thomas Virgin Islands and now practices in Naples, FL. She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a member of the American College of Nutrition. Dr. Summerton serves on the board of directors for the Ocular Nutrition Society and as liaison for the American Clinical Board of Nutrition diplomate program. She has a passion for integrative health care and educating patients on nutrition and preventative care.

Dr. Cathrine Hunter, Assistant Professor - Johnson School of Business Dr. Hunter possesses a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of South Florida, a juris doctorate from Stetson University College of Law, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the University, she was employed as in-house counsel at WCI Communities in Bonita Springs handling all compliance issues at the local, state and federal levels. Subsequently, Dr. Hunter worked as an associate attorney at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. in Fort Myers in the corporate and workers’ compensation departments. Additionally, she has previously taught at Hodges an an adjunct professor.


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In His Own Words by Dr. Andrew Weyl, Director of the Master of Legal Studies Program

While attending law school I had the opportunity to work for the Governor’s office, providing legislative assistance on matters of technology. The Governor had a desire to incorporate technology into the schools and to assist people with disabilities, but the Head of State does not have the ability to create legislation, only pass bills into laws. It was my job to draft bills, find Senators and House members

who were willing to sponsor the bills, then follow the bills through the legislative process to insure they would appear before the Governor to be signed as law. When I graduated from law school I accepted a judicial clerkship position in Rochester, MN and worked with five other new


I chose to enter the legal profession while attending Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where I graduated with a degree in Political Science/Pre Law. Though I had planned to attend law school after college, my career plans took a detour when I had the opportunity to work for Congressman Tim Penny as a member of his staff providing constituent services. Politics can be frustratingly boring to watch as an observer, but as a participant, I worked around the clock while Congress was in session and I had a fabulous time learning the internal workings of the political machine. When the Congressman chose not to run for re-election, I began working as a mortgage loan officer and quickly grew bored with the profession. At this point it seemed rather obvious my interests were in the law and I enrolled in Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul.

attorneys providing behind the scene legal assistance to the district judges. Nothing could have better prepared me for the reality of what happens in court on a daily basis, an experience with benefits far beyond the pay. I then began working private practice upon the completion of the clerkship and learned the rigors of billable hours, client contacts, hectic schedules, and very long hours of work. Very, very long hours of work. A surprising opportunity arose several years later to work for US Bank as assistant legal counsel for the Corporate Trust department,

the single largest trust entity in the country with assets of over $1.3 trillion under management. The switch to corporate counsel provided new opportunities, none the least of which was having to flatout disagree with the CEO and other senior management. Managers have profits to maintain; they work hard to ensure they are able to keep the organization operating in the black. Legal counsel is the check which has to ensure the company does not engage in illegal or unethical practices. We were seldom invited to board meetings, but could not be excluded if we appeared, and I can still see the look of obvious frustration when I would walk into a meeting and take a seat. I loved it! The experience taught me to observe everything, and to know when to persuasively guide the company from damaging decisions. I could see the banking growth of the nineties and early millennium could not be sustained without inappropriate risks, (i.e., the bubble bursting) so I began looking for other opportunities. When International College showed an interest in providing employment, I took it. continued on page 6

Dr. Barry Harris, Adjunct Professor – School of Allied Health Dr. Harris is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology. Following his postdoctoral fellowship, he served as the director of multiple clinical research facilities while also teaching as an adjunct professor at Jefferson State Community College (AL), Wallace State Community College (AL), Southwest Florida College and Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Harris currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology, Biology and Chemistry at Estero High School.

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Information Assurance by Wendy Gehring, Director of Information Technology Did you know that Hodges has a standing Information Assurance (IA) Committee and each and every department and academic program is represented by a security officer? The Information Assurance Committee meets once per term or as necessary and is responsible for the Data Categorization goal that each school has as well as our Student Identification, Information Security, and Office Lockdown policies.

A few reminders from the Committee:

Hodges University takes the integrity and confidentiality of its constituent records very seriously. Please remember that the policies that come from these meetings are meant to protect us all.

 The Information Assurance Site Team Site is located on the MyHUgo portal. This is where faculty and staff can report concerns or violations, take assessments, and where we post new policy alerts and information about ongoing IA initiatives.  When you leave your office, please make sure your PC is locked and your office door is closed and locked.

Wimba Collaboration Suite Wimba Pronto

Wimba Classroom Wimba Voice

To date, 70 faculty have completed the basic Wimba Collaboration Suite training. Additional sessions are scheduled during the summer semester. The Distance Education Department assists faculty with using Wimba Classroom and Voice in Blackboard and Wimba Pronto to hold virtual office hours. Information Technology will assist students with their concerns and faculty with any technical needs. ]

In His Words . . . continued from page 5 In addition to the challenges of my employment, I enjoy setting physical endurance challenge goals. A friend suggested I run the Edison Festival of Lights 5K with her one spring. Upon completion of the race I swore I would never run again. I have since run about twenty 5K races, a dozen half marathons and am training for my sixth full marathon this summer. I also enjoy climbing new heights, both figuratively and literally, and have been climbing several of the highest summits on various continents in an attempt to conquer at least five of the seven summits. I am an active paddle boarder and head out to the Gulf several times a week to take advantage of our proximity to so much water. I feel fortunate for the opportuni es life has given and tell my students, if you wait for your ship to come in, your life will pass by while wai ng. If you BUILD your ship, you will stay ac ve and produc ve; when your work is done, you can sail off into the sunset, because your ship HAS come.


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Dr. Aysegul Timur Presents at ‘Wake Up Naples’ Meeting by Dr. Gerald Franz, Assistant Library Director He took a piece of paper and drew two circles, slightly overlapping. One of the circles represented the business community, and the other stood for the county government. Then he pointed at where they intersected. “This is what we’re after – everything we can learn about this area.” This was how Dr. Michael Reagan, President and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, defined the mission of the new Collier County Comparative Analysis Project to Dr. Aysegul Timur. As reported in the Fall 2010 Faculty Focus, the main purpose of the Committee is to identify areas of opportunity where the Collier County business community can work together with the county, state and federal government. The Committee (comprised of Dr. Aysegul Timur, Anke Stugk, and Dr. Gerald Franz), has been working hard in researching various authoritative sources concerning not only Collier County, but four other counties that have been identified as similar to Collier. These counties are: Lane County (OR), Sonoma County (CA), Charleston County (SC) and Palm Beach County (FL). Dr. Reagan invited the Committee to share some of their findings at the February 16, 2011 “Wake Up Naples” meeting, comprised of many Collier County business and government leaders. Dr. Timur, the

Committee’s chairperson, made a 30-minute presentation, using a PowerPoint with many charts and graphs, with Ms. Anke Stugk assisting. The data Dr. Timur presented helped the audience of Collier County business and government leaders more accurately understand the county’s economic position, and where it is moving. For instance, Dr. Timur showed that, of the five counties studied, Collier County has the lowest percentage of earnings, in terms of the aggregate household income, with high percentages for interest, dividends, or Social Security benefits. She also revealed that Collier has the smallest County government (using the wage distribution between public and private), compared to the other four counties. The data generated so far reveals interesting conclusions, but more important will be the insights that can be interpreted from the data that will assist the county in attracting new businesses, as well as better working with existing businesses. With that in mind, the committee is exploring those best practices used by other counties.

The presentation was well-received and appreciated. In the future, the committee desires to facilitate some kind of symposium that brings together community and county government leaders from various areas, with a view toward mutual encouragement and learning.


Congratulations to Dr. Timur for a successful and beneficial presentation to the government and business community!

Pictured are Dr. Fred Nerone, Ms. Anke Stugk, Dr. Terry McMahan, Dr. Aysegul Timur and Mr. Jerry Nichols

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PAPERS PRESENTED In February, Dr. Ellen Fangman (LA) presented a paper entitled “A Case for Using Autobiographical Narratives in Fundamental English Courses” at the Pedagogy Session of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference in Washington, D.C. In February Dr. Aysegul Timur (BA/PA) and Anke Stugk presented a project progress report on the “Collier County Comparison Analysis Study” at a Wake Up Naples meeting. A shorter version of the progress report was made to the Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising Professionals of Collier County. The progress report was a team effort by students and faculty, including Dr. Gerald Franz (Library) who assisted in the collection of business data. In February, Dr. Lenny Krzycki (CJ) presented a paper entitled “Emerging Trends in Teaching Diversity and Victimology Courses” at the 38th Annual Western Society of Criminology Conference in Vancouver, BC. In March, Dr. Gerald Franz (Library) presented a paper entitled “The Ancient Library at Alexandria: Embracing the Excellent, Avoiding its Fate” at the Association of College & Research Libraries annual convention in Philadelphia, PA. He also taught a Center for Lifelong Learning session on the history of the Berlin Wall. In March, Dr. John Meyer (MAN) presented the findings of his dissertation on the culture and preferred management style of automotive service technicians to the 13th Annual Florida Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) Training Workshop in Orlando, FL. In March, Dr. Aysegul Timure (BA/PA) was a guest speaker for the 100th International Women’s Day Celebration at the American Asssociation of University Women, Marco Island branch, at the Island Country Club. Her speech was entitled “Empowering Women in the 21st century.” In April, Dr. Elsa Rogers (LA) was a speaker in a featured session at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Atlanta, GA. She presented a paper entitled “Informing, Protesting, and Calling to Action: Rhetorical Narratives of the Modern-Day Griot.” CERTIFICATIONS AWARDED In April, Dr. Melinda Chancy (ACG) earned the globally-preferred Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and leading provider of antifraud training and education. CONFERENCES ATTENDED In January and February, Dr. Mary Nuosce (AP) attended clinical trainings at the David Lawrence Center in Naples, FL: Brief Treatment Models and Trauma Informed Care. In February, Aubrey Harwood (AP) attended DSM Diagnosis in Clinical Practice: Current Principles and Future Possibilities: Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders with the DSM-5. In March, Susan Casey (HIT) attended the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Commons Conference in Statesboro, GA, which focused on using SoTL as a key, evidence-based way to improve student learning. In March, Al Ball (CIT/ISM) and James Bass (CIT) attended a conference in Orlando, FL sponsored by Cengage where they learned about a revolutionary product named MindTap, which claims to be the first product in a new category: the Personal Learning Experience. INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED In March, Dr. Brian Moffitt (LA) host and producer of the webcast “Good Work Now,” interviewed Dr. Mitchel Adler on the topic of “Angry Leadership.” SCHOLARSHIPS RECEIVED Johnnie Shubery (ESL) received a Rotary Scholarship enabling him to pursue a Ph.D. in Management at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

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