University briefs

February 05, 2006

Penn State Mont Alto

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Dan Mroz, director of information at Penn State Mont Alto, recently earned a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in technology management from the New York Institute of Technology.

Mroz, of Shippensburg, Pa., has worked at Penn State Mont Alto for two years.

Five longtime employees retired in 2005:

Jim Hahn retired from the office of the physical plant in December, after nearly 21 years of service.

Frank Kristine retired from his position as assistant professor of chemistry in June, after 25 years of service.

Russell Miller retired as a campus police officer in May with 17 years of service.

William Newman retired as instructor of computer science in June after 18 years at Mont Alto.

Linda Null retired from her position in the campus physical plant in September after 32 years of service. She worked in housing, food service and the physical plant offices.


Shippensburg University

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - The following Shippensburg University faculty and other members of the campus community were recognized:

Dara Bergel, assistant professor of social work and gerontology, had her manuscript, "Baccalaureate Social Work Education and Aging Courses: The Disconnect," accepted for publication in the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work.

Kent Chrisman and Donna Couchenour, faculty in the early childhood program, and former graduate student Tana Kauffman, were notified that their research proposal, "Preparing K-3 Teachers to Implement a Comprehensive Program of Family and Community Involvement," was accepted for the Association of Childhood Education International annual conference in San Antonio in April.

Jennifer Clements, assistant professor of social work and gerontology, will make a presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Diversity Conference at Virginia Tech in February.

Tom Evitts and Mike Long, assistant professors of mathematics, were registration co-chairmen for the 2005 annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics held Oct. 26-28 in Harrisburg, Pa. At the meeting, Evitts presented the session, "Don't Just Sit There ... Present Something!" and Long presented the workshop "Take It to the Limit."

Sara Grove and Cynthia Drenovsky were given a research award from the National Institute on Senior Centers for research they conducted on the benefits of senior center participation. The award is to be presented March 18 at the National Institute on Aging's annual conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Steven J. Haase, assistant professor of psychology, presented the poster, "The effect of mask category on letter detection and identification," at the 46th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Toronto in November. Students Eric Szelenyi and Joseph Harkins co-authored the poster.

Robert Hewitt, professor of social work, was included in the 10th edition of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2005/2006."

Joseph Jacobs, assistant professor of exercise science, had students in his psychology of physical activity class participate in a nationwide physical activity promotion program.

Mary Lehman, associate director of the Institute for Public Service, received the certified research administrator (CRA) designation from the Research Administrators Certification Council.

Michael Lyman, assistant professor of social work and gerontology, submitted an article "A Long Term Mixed Methods Evaluation of a Program for Families of At-Risk Youth" to the Journal of Mixed Methods.

Paul Marr, associate professor of geography-earth science, co-authored the paper, "Impacts of Transportation Changes on the Woodworking Industry of Mexico's Purpecha Region," published in The Geographic Review.

George Pomeroy, associate professor of geography-earth science was appointed secretary and member of the executive committee of the Asian Urban Research Association.

Joseph Shane, assistant professor of chemistry, co-authored the paper, "Using Action Research to Mediate University Expectations and the Realities of Being a University Supervisor in Science Education," which was posted on the peer-reviewed Web-based journal, Action Research Expeditions.

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