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Muhlenberg's eyes are smilin' about trip to Ireland

Biology professor appointed to newly endowed chair

More than just fun and games

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Muhlenberg eyes are smilin' about trip to Ireland

This spring 12 students and two professors had a unique opportunity to experience the Emerald Isle first-hand through an innovative English course called "The Solitary Voice" that culminated in a 12-day visit to Ireland.

The course, team taught by English professor Linda Miller and theatre professor Devon Allen, assisted by Monica Stufft '00, explored the arts of acting and writing through the study of the dramatic monologue and the first-person narrative. In preparation for the trip to Ireland, class readings and discussions focused on Irish plays, fiction, poetry, history and Celtic myths.

The students enrolled in the class were:
Matt Barcewicz '03, Anne Brown '03, Maura Crossen '03, Jennifer Epting '03, John Franzen '03, Adria Froehlich '02, Laura Funsten '02, Kristen Goldrick '03, Dan Marcus '03, Galen Mooney '04, Elizabeth Rogler '03, and Chris Schaefer '02.

Photo of students

Biology professor appointed to newly endowed chair

The College has received a generous gift to fully fund an endowed chair in the biology department. Dr. Daniel Klem, Jr., has been named to the endowed chair as Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology.

Sarkis Acopian is an industrialist from Easton, Pa., who is passionately committed to conservation worldwide. Through his donation he seeks to ensure a continued scholarly effort toward the study of birds as a means of promoting conservation.

Klem has been a biology professor at Muhlenberg since 1979. For the past 25 years, Klem's research has focused on preservation of birds, and the impact of architecture on bird populations.

A graduate of Wilkes University, he received his master's at Hofstra University and his Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Klem co-wrote Birds of Armenia (American University of Armenia Press, May 1997).

"Dan Klem is one of the foremost ornithologists in the world, and this is a great tribute to his work," says President Arthur R. Taylor. "This gift is another testimony to the scholarship, research and excellent teaching being done by our faculty."

Endowed professorships are just one component of the College's current $70 million campaign. The campaign involves the construction of two new residence halls, major renovations to the Life Sports Center and the Union and a new communication center in the Commons building, as well as additional support for financial aid and funds for endowed scholarships.

More than just fun and games....

The World Game was sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Leadership during its two-week series "Hunger in the Midst of Plenty: Causes and Solutions," held September 10-21. A hands-on learning experience, the World Game is played on a giant world map and each participant represents a stakeholder in the world economy (e.g., the farmers of a particular country). Divided into regional teams, players strive to develop solutions to local, national, and international problems.
Photo of students playing The World Game

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