Scholarly Achievements

March 25, 2019

Here are the latest accomplishments in scholarship, research, and craft by MBU faculty and staff.

Genevieve Chandler, director of advancement services
Selected to serve on the board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), VA, Shenandoah Chapter.

Calvin Chung, MBA program director, assistant professor of business

Presented a paper, “Different Leadership Perception between Youths and Parents: A Case of Korean Immigrant Church,” and served as a discussant for a session, the Leading Change inaugural conference, February, Harrisonburg.

Ralph Cohen, professor of Shakespeare and Performance and English

A book, ShakesFear and How to Cure It: The Complete Handbook for Teaching Shakespeare, published by Arden Shakespeare in April, which Bloomsbury Press has nominated for the Teaching Literature Book Award.

Scott Crabtree, adjunct professor for Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences

Recognized by OurHealth magazine as a 2019 Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Leader in Local Healthcare.

Allison Ellington, occupational therapy program director, assistant professor

Co-authored an article, “Upper Extremity Function Assessment Using a Glove Orthosis and Virtual Reality System,” the upcoming issue of the Occupational Therapy Journal of Research (OTJR), which reports on combining an instrumented glove with the Saebo-VR system in order to assess upper extremity function among adults who have sustained a stroke.

Kent Diduch, associate professor, physician assistant

A talk, “Overtraining and Fatigue Syndrome,” the UVa Health System Running Medicine 2019 conference, March.

Nadine Gergel-Hackett, associate professor of physics

Presented with co-author, MBU student Emma Rhodenizer, “Making a Video to Teach a General Audience about Memristors,” the American Physical Society’s meeting, March, Boston.

Drew Gogian, School of Nursing director, associate professor

Recognized by OurHealth magazine as a 2019 Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Leader in Local Healthcare.

Jinyoung Kang, assistant professor of business

A research paper on corporate social responsibility and sustainability of state owned enterprise accepted by the 2019 Summer Seminar in Stakeholder Theory, the Darden School of Business, August.

Lise Keiter, professor of music

Performed six solo concerts in February and March, including several outreach concerts in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Charlottesville, along with a recital for the Mary Baldwin Sunday Recital series. Her program, “An American Excursion,” included works by female composers, African-American composers, Chinese-American composers, Latin American composers, and living composers.

Served as a judge for the Wednesday Music Club Scholarship Competitions, Charlottesville.

Performed the orchestral piano part for Stravinsky’s Firebird in two concerts with the Waynesboro Symphony, February.

Katherine Low, associate professor of religion, chaplain

Accompanied four Quest students to the Ripple Interfaith Conference, Elon University, February. Graduating senior Sage Wyatt (biology) with the help of Dalana Salyer (applied mathematics) presented a break-out session on “Sacred Geometry.”

MBU Online advisors, participated in the Mid Atlantic Region’s Association of Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) 

In ACHE’s June elections, Kari Salois, academic advisor in Roanoke, was elected treasurer for a second term; Virginia Trovato, director of advising for MBU Online, was elected as the Virginia state representative for the Mid Atlantic ACHE; and Sharon Barnes serves as the immediate past chair.

Trovato, together with Sandra Bagbey, director in South Boston, and Ellen Lucius, academic advisor, attended the national conference for ACHE, October, Newport, RI.

Barnes, Trovato and Salois are serving on the planning committee for the ACHE Mid Atlantic Conference which will be held in April in Greenville, NC. Barnes and Bagbey are planning a presentation for the conference.

Rebecca McCallister, first semester success advisor for MBU Online

A presentation on a model of female student leadership development, the Leading Change 2019 Conference, James Madison University, February.

Selected to join the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 2 conference planning committee for 2020, and serving as the technology and social media co-chair for the Norfolk conference next April.

Brenci Patiño, associate professor of Spanish

A paper, “Diasporic Movements of Resistance: Music and Dance at the Border,” the 9th Annual African, African-American, and Diaspora (AAAD) Interdisciplinary Conference, James Madison University, February.

An invited panelist for “¡Aquí Estamos!: First Year Experiences and Latinx Inclusion & Engagement,” the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network’s 2019 Encuentro (summit), George Mason University, March.

Colleen Pendry, adjunct faculty member, art

Work in assemblage selected by juror Michael Lash, former director of Public Arts for the City of Chicago, for publication in the upcoming summer issue of Studio Visit Magazine.

Jim Sconyers, associate professor of art

Work included in a group exhibition by MBU studio art faculty and students in the new Atrium Gallery at The Legacy at North Augusta through March. Also serving as an advisor for the gallery.

Pam Stephenson, assistant professor, occupational therapy  

A publication, “Building Resilience and Minimizing Burnout in School-Based Practice” in the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention.

Publication of a continuing education article, “Using the Occupational Therapy Framework to Guide the Evaluation Process and Make Assessment Choices in School Practice,” American Occupational Therapy Association’s OT Practice, February.

A publication, “Collaborating to Support Participation in the Classroom,” American Occupational Therapy Association’s OT Practice, February.

A plenary address, “Inspiring Change: Implementing Inclusive, Contextual and Collaborative Services,” Virginia Occupational Therapy Association School Symposium, James Madison University, March.

A presentation, “Powered by Data: Using Occupation Focused Data to Support Decision-Making in Schools,” the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association School Symposium, James Madison University, March.

A webinar, “The distinct value of occupational therapy in today’s schools,” a member appreciation webinar for the American Occupational Therapy Association, February.

Anne Wick, applied voice instructor

Elected as treasurer for the Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Abby Wightman, associate professor of anthropology

Awarded a VIVA grant from the Virtual Library of Virginia to redesign a course using open-access and no-cost resources.