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Faculty Scholarship & Professional Engagement: Summer        2015


  • Peter A. Pettit, Director, and Assoc. Prof. of Religion Studies, co-led a workshop on "Promise, Land, and Hope" at the Int'l Conf. of Christians and Jews' annual meeting in Rome. Participants had a private audience with Pope Francis and presented him with gifts symbolizing the past, present, and future of the Jewish-Christian relationship.
  • Tyler Bauer '15 has been named a CoSIDA Academic All-American for the third consecutive year. This is the second straight year he has been a first team Academic All-American. Read More
  • Kathy Harring, dean of institutional assessment and academic planning, received an Alumni Citation from Franklin and Marshall College for her contributions to higher education in the area of teaching, learning assessment and psychology. The award was presented during Reunion Weekend June 5-7, 2015.
  • Jen Jarson (Trexler Library) & Lora Taub-Pervizpour (Media & Comm.) presented a paper, Infoglut or Information Literacy? Using Blended Learning for Student Research in "New Information Technologies" at the Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference at Bryn Mawr College, May 20-21.

Alumni & Development

  • Diana Zanetti, a 'Berg alumna, has served as executive director of Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley Inc. since 2011. Turning Point offers services to victims of domestic abuse. Although she has decided to pursue other interests, Zanetti leaves the organization stronger than ever after her years of leadership. Read More


  • The accounting program was recently honored by for Best Bachelors and Associate in Accounting Programs. Read More


  • Benjamin Carter, assistant professor of anthropology, presented his work entitled "Destandardization of Shell Bead Production among the Manteño-Guancavilca (A.D. 800-1532) as a Social and Economic Process" at the "Technology: Ideology, Economics and Power in the Andes" conference at University College London.


  • Dan Klem and Peter Saenger, from the Acopian Center for Ornithology,, presented their recent findings on bird-friendly glass at Acadia University in Canada. They also served on counsel of the Wilson Ornithological Society (Saenger) and as chair of the Ornithological Committee (Klem).
  • Bruce Wightman, professor of biology, published "A Transparent Window into Biology: A Primer on Caenorhabditis elegans" in the June 2015 issue of Genetics. The article is an introduction to the entire field of C. elegans research and co-written by Ann Corsi of Catholic University and Martin Chalfie of Columbia University. Read More
  • Peter Saenger, Acopian Ornthological Specialist in the biology department, led a workshop and bird walk for the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society. Two teams of youth spotted and counted 40 species and 344 birds. Saenger concluded the day leading a tour of the Acopian Center for Ornithology.

Business Administration

  • Holmes Miller, chair of the accounting, business and economics department, was co-author of the paper "Threats to the electric grid and the impact on organizational resilience" published in the International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management; Vol. 6 No. 1, 2015.
  • The Muhlenberg business program was recently named one of the 30 Great Small College Business Degree Programs 2015 by Online Accounting Degree Programs. Muhlenberg came in at number 11. Read More
  • Roland Kushner associate professor of business, is cited in a historical review of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in the Summer 2015 Wildlife Activist. Read More

Computer Science

  • Clif Kussmaul, associate professor of computer science, is in south India facilitating workshops on Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) for college teachers, including a 1/2 day workshop at VNR-VJIAS, Hyderabad; a 1 day workshop at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam;and a 4 day workshop at AITM, Tekkali.
  • Clif Kussmaul , associate professor of computer science, was a facilitator in a 3-day workshop for high school computer science teachers funded by a grant from Google and held at Haverford College July 20-22.
  • Muhlenberg College hosted the POGIL Northeast Regional meeting, which was attended by over 60 institutions a wide range of disciplines and participants from as far away as California, Ottawa and Singapore.


  • Art Raymond, professor of economics and finance, was the opening speaker at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank conference. The topic was the teaching of economics and assessment of students.
  • Art Raymond, professor of economics and finance, was chief reader and managed the scoring of more than 120,000 Advanced Placement exams in Macroeconomics in Cincinnati. Raymond supervised 145 professors and teachers of economics.


  • Jim Bloom Jim Bloom, professor of English, presented a paper titled "Identity and Its Discontents in The Last Tycoon" at the Thirteenth International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society's Conference in Waterford, Ireland.
  • David Rosenwasser and Jill Stephen, of the English department, offered a three-day workshop on writing to 20 faculty members at Grinnell College in Iowa.


  • Daniel J. Wilson recently published "Basil OConnor, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and the Reorganization of Polio Research in the United States, 1935-41." in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. It appeared in the July 2015 issue, on pages 394-424. Read More
  • Daniel Wilson, professor of history, published a book review of "Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio," by Gareth Williams. Read More

Inst. for Jewish-Christian Understanding

  • Peter A. Pettit, Director of the IJCU, was featured on a social internet radio program at JLM.FM from Jerusalem. He was in Jerusalem with the research project "Promise, Land and Hope" of the Int'l Conf. of Christians and Jews and was interviewed with Dr. Marcie Lenk, of the Shalom Hartman Institute, on "Holy Land."
  • Peter A. Pettit, IJCU and religion studies, served as co-convener and resource person for the inaugural study trip of Interfaith Partners for Peace. He also led a workshop in Abington for Presbyterians and Reform Jews in dialogue about Israel. Read More

Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

  • Flor Maria Buitrago, a lecturer in Spanish, attended the "7th Tricontinental Global Advances in Business Communication Conference" at Eastern Michigan University.
  • Luba Iskold, professor of Russian, presented "Cross-cultural Collaboration: Learning from the Peers in the Cloud" at the CALICO 2015 Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder, May 26-30. Read More


  • Linda McGuire professor of mathematics, organized and facilitated the panel session "Beyond the Post-Doc: Fellowship Opportunities for Mathematics Faculty" at the summer meetings of the Mathematical Association of America (MathFest) in Washington, D.C.

Media and Communication

  • John Sullivan has published an article entitled "Transporting television in space and time: The export of Doctor Who to the United States in the 1970s and 1980s." The article was published in the Journal of British Cinema and Television (Volume 12, Issue 3). Read More
  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media and communication, gave an invited paper "Faulty Reception: The Institutional Roots of U.S. Communication Research's Neglect of Public Sphere Scholarship," at the 12th annual History of Economics as History of Social Science conference at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, Paris.
  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media and communication, was the main organizer of the second annual Society for the History of Recent Social Science conference, held at Harvard University. Read more: Read More
  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media and communication, gave a paper, "A Cultural Approach to James W. Carey: To Europe and Back with Clifford Geertz and John Dewey," at the International Communication Association meeting in Puerto Rico.
  • Jeff Pooley, chair and associate professor of media and communication, published a 2500-word post on a prominent media and communications site. Read More


  • Michael Schnack, full-time lecturer in music, presented a two-piano concert as well as a paper on works for chorus and dancers by German/Jewish/U.S. composer Jean Berger at the Second International Conference for Dalcroze Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria.
  • Doug Ovens, professor of music, traveled to Sweden and Finland for the College Music Society International Conference. His composition, Piano Resonances, which premiered at Muhlenberg in Sept, was performed at the Sibelius Institute in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Michael Schnack, full-time lecturer in music, received an award for his choral work "Weisst du" (on a text by Rilke) in the 2nd International Competition of Choral Composition in Florence. The jury was chaired by Italian film composer Ennio Morricone. Read More
  • Michael Schnack, full-time lecturer in music, led three workshop sessions in choral jazz singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria.


  • Judith Parker (Lecturer in Physics) gave a presentation titled, Learning and Experiencing in a Hybrid Astronomy Course, at the Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference at Bryn Mawr College, May 20-21.


  • The psychology department was recently awarded the 2015 American Psychological Association Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences. Read More

Staff Activites

  • Trexler Library staff members Kelly Cannon, Susan Falciani, Jennifer Jarson and Rachel Hamelers presented a session entitled Deepening Student Engagement with Information: Active Approaches to Instruction at the PA Forward Information Literacy Summit in State College, PA.
  • Rachel Hamelers, head of public outreach and information literacy for Trexler Library, presented a poster entitled "Active and Flipped: Introducing First Semester Biology Students to Scientific Communication" at the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • Rachel Hamelers, head of public outreach and information literacy services at Trexler Library was a panelist at the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco. The topic was "how five college librarians have used the Framework for Information Literacy on their campuses."
  • Tama Tamarkin, part-time counselor in admissions, was awarded the George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership at the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley Community Celebration and Annual Meeting. Rabbi Melissa B. Simon, Hillel Director and Jewish Chaplain offered the D'var Torah at the event.
  • Kelly Cannon, Susan Falciani, Rachel Hamelers and Jen Jarson (Trrexler Library) presented Step off the Stage: Guiding Student Learning with Creative Instructional Techniques at the Connecticut Information Literacy Conference.

Student Activities

  • Incoming freshman Cassandra Seidel teamed with Benson Kuan to win the US National Championship in roller skating. The pair has qualified for the world roller-skating championships in Cali, Colombia in Sept.
  • Chad Schwartz organized bird walks with 300+ 3rd graders of the Whitehall-Copley school district last week.


  • Holly Cate, associate professor of theatre, presented staged readings of her HENRY Project at The Lark Theater in New York City, featuring a cast of professional actors, including alumni Stephen Bauder, Caroline Lux, Jeffrey Robb, Sam Turret, Sean Skahill, Leah Alfieri and Russell Norris, as well as fight choreographer/theatre faculty member Mike Chin.

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