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Dr. Alan Kolp, professor of religion and holder of the BW Chair in Faith & Life, is participating in a number of impressive summer programs in 2013.

Dr. Ellen Posman, associate professor of religion, is one of 16 scholars from across the nation chosen to participate in a 2013 NEH summer seminar at Berkeley.

Paul "Sparky" Adams '69, shares historical perspective with BW students.

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BW People: Spring 2013

Dr. Alan Kolp (Religion) will be busy summer 2013. He will be on a panel as part of a two-day symposium focused on entrepreneurship on liberal arts campuses. He also will be leading a session on Merton: From Cloister to Classroom at the Thirteenth General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society. In addition, he will be co-leading a monastic experience at the 16th Annual Benedictine Experience.

Ellen Posman (Religion) will participate in an National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on "Understanding Buddhism Through Its Classic Texts." The seminar will unite 16 national scholars to work through classical Buddhist texts and discuss their relevance today. She also will have access to extensive library resources on Buddhism for an individual research project. Dr. Posman's project will relate to Buddhism, gender and politics and will be used to enrich her courses.

Paul "Sparky" Adams '69 shared his insights about the Cold War and other historical topics with BW students in Dr. Ed Meyer's Frontiers of Physics class last week. The class addresses the physics needed to make a nuclear bomb. Prior to his retirement a few years ago, Sparky was BW's Director of Annual Giving.

English adjunct professor Kevin P. Keating's book, The Natural Order of Things, was nominated for a L.A. Times Book Prize. His book was one of five nominated for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. A coveted award whose previous winners have included Nobel Prize winners, the L.A. Times Book Prize recognizes the best books of 2012. . An article about him appeared in the Feb. 22 Plain DealerHis book, The Natural Order of Things is being published by Vintage.  His second book will be published hardcover by Pantheon Books or Knopf.  

HPE ATEP adjunct professor Kim Blackburn will be inducted into the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Hall of Fame during the May 2013 OATA meeting. The OATA Hall of Fame is comprised of individuals who have made a tremendous impact on the profession.

Dr. Lori Long (Business Administration) has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Intermuseum Conservation Association, a non-profit that provides art conservation services to local museums as well as individuals.

Dr. Michael Strasser  (Music History) showcases the role music played in the civil rights movement in a series of presentations at 10 branches of the Cuyahoga County Public Library this year. Read more at

Dr. Barbara Palmer (Political Science) continues to be a go-to source for the discussion of Women & Politics. The author of Women and Congressional Elections: A Century of Change  appeared on WCPN's The Sound of Ideas with the longest-serving woman in Congress, Marcy Kaptur;  and the pair will conduct a public panel discussion at BW on February 19. Palmer also was a guest on Minnesota Public Radio and was featured at "The Tower Center Symposium on Women and Politics" at Southern Methodist University on January 30, appearing with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison & Ambassador Karen Hughes, former Press Secretary for President George W Bush.

Dr. Ed Meyer (Physics) and Joe Luchsinger '13 (Neuroscience, Psychology & Physics) have co-authored The Gedanken Institute Book of Puzzles, illustrated by Danielle Rueger '13 (Digital Media and Design). The book contains a variety of problems that can be used to develop problem-solving ability. It is available at the BW bookstore and online at the Gedanken Institute website.

The most recent Kaleidoscope Magazine highlighted entrepreneurship at BW and featured our own Le'Anna Miller '14 (business) & prof Ven Ochaya (Business).

Congratulations to BW's Victoria Bussert (Music Theatre), Gregory Daniels (Dance) and the cast and crew of SPRING AWAKENING, which raked in Cleveland Critics Circle Theater Awards! Vicky and Greg, along with Zach Adkins '15 (music theatre) and Kyra Kennedy '14 (music theatre), also were honored with 2012 Broadway World - Cleveland Awards.

BW People: Fall 2012

Scott Plate (Music Theatre) earned a Plain Dealer rave review for his direction of The Little Dog Laughed at the Beck Center in Lakewood.

BW Music Theatre Director Victoria Bussert was profiled by The Plain Dealer with one New York talent agent calling her program, "the finest in the country."  A few days later, the newspaper's editorial board followed up with kudos in a column that cited Bussert and the BW program as a success story for Cleveland to cheer.

Dr. Adam Anthony (Math & Computer Science ) co-authored a paper on artificial intelligence with student, Shawn Biesan '12. The paper, titled "Block Modeling in Large Social Networks with Many Clusters," will be presented at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Fall Symposium on Social Networks and Social Contagion in Arlington, VA.

Dr. Ed Meyer (Physics) has signed a contract with textbook publisher Springer-Verlag to co-author a book on teaching problem solving. He traveled to Australia recently to collaborate with his coauthors, guest-lecture in classes on problem solving and present a colloquium on the "Two Envelope Paradox." Dr. Meyer also recently led an in-service program for Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School teachers on developing problem-solving skills in the STEM majors.

BW's Voices of Praise Gospel Choir (VOP) directed by Jay T. Hairston II sang live on WKYC Channel 3's "Live on Lakeside" in September. The appearance was to promote the Cleveland Classic.

When the 195 Yellow Jacket football players reported to preseason camp this fall semester, each one brought a shoe box filled with school supplies for needy children. This is the 11th year the team, under the direction of Coach John Snell, has participated in this worthy service initiative.

Dr. Steve Siry (History) had his latest book, Liberty's Fallen Generals: Leadership and Sacrifice in the American War of Independence, published by Potomac Books. The study has been praised as "riveting," "a fast-paced, action-packed narrative," "innovative military history," and "a fine book that will fascinate and enlighten all who are interested in the War of Independence." Dr. Siry also wrote a review of Benjamin Carp's Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party & the Making of America, which was published in The Historian (spring 2012).

Dr. Kay Strong (Economics) and Dr. Lewis Sage (Economics) were featured speakers at a fall Reclaim November Ohio! event, sponsored by Jefferson Action. Dr. Sage spoke on unemployment and Dr. Strong presented on the issue of federal budget deficits and debt. Jefferson Action is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated, in part, to "making sure elected officials and politicians address the issues."

Scott Plate (Music Theatre) is directing the NE Ohio premiere of THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED by Douglas Carter Beane at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood. The production stars BW music theatre major Brandyn Day '15, BW theatre major Lindsey Mercer '13, BW music theatre alum Phil Carroll '08, and acclaimed local actress Laura Perrotta. The play runs Oct. 5-Nov. 11.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival recently bestowed honors for the BW Theatre & Dance Department's spring production of HAMLET. Shaun O'Neill '14 and Kelly Smith '13 were nominated for their performances to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition at next year's festival. Adam Heffernan (Theatre) was awarded a certificate merit for outstanding direction of a play.

Dr. Lisa Green (Psychology) was interviewed and quoted by USA TODAY for an article on children of divorce: "When parents divorce, how NOT to treat the kids." "We don't listen to kids enough," says Green.

Violin performance major Meredith Hudock '16 was a medalist at the U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Championship at the Edinboro Highland Games, winning the prize for “best march.” This is the same national competition in which Lydia Byard '14 was U.S. National Champion in 2008 and Junior U.S. Champion in 2006. Byard also released a CD, “A Peculiar Sense of Humor,” over the summer.

BW People: Summer 2012

Dr. J.R. Fralick (Conservatory) was named coordinator of the Fairbanks (Alaska) Summer Arts Festival's Opera/Music Theatre program this summer.  He has served as artist/faculty at the FSAF for six years in the past.

Dr. Amy-Jo Sutterluety (HPE) and Dr. Jaimy Dyer (HPE) and a group of current students and alumni presented at the MidWest American College of Sports Medicine meeting. Following the meeting, the group was asked to present the session in the form of a Webinar: Creating a Better Exercise Science Graduate through Service Learning: How Can I Connect the Exercise Science Coursework and Experiential "Real" Work. (Note: BW was still a College at the time.)

Take a bow! Three members of the BW Symphony Orchestra were hired to play in the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra over the summer: Lara Ciaccio '13, Violin, Natalie Young '15, Clarinet and Alice Shoemaker '13, Horn. In addition, Felicia Rojas, a recent BW grad, who is now a graduate student in Texas, was also a violinist in the orchestra. This is a large representation from BW in a professional orchestra.

Dr Kevin Jacques (Finance) continues to be a go-to resource for national media on issues of banking and finance. Among his most recent interviews, the former U.S. Treasury Department economist appeared on American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report  in three different segments, talking about American's concerns over Fed's low interest rates, Fed action on interest rates and, the market's hopes hanging on Fed action.

BW people helped make science magic for students attending the 2012 ICEP (International Community Empowerment Project) Summer program, put on by the Akron American Chemical Society. The science program held sessions twice a week for six weeks. The photos at this ACS link show highlights from sessions like “Science Magic Show,”  “Polymer Slime” and “Purple Cabbage” Lunch Demo. See if you recognize some other BW faculty.

Dr. Karen Munroe (Biology) and her student researchers Carmen Rush '14 and Nicholas Jeffers '13 were featured in a Plain Dealer story and WOIO-TV report about their research into the social structure and mating habits of tree squirrels.

Sweet string success! Lydia Byard '14 (violin performance major) has released a CD, “A Peculiar Sense of Humor” a collection of Scottish Contemporary tunes. Cody Hiller '15 (violin performance major) was featured as violinist on Matt Otis’ CD, “Life Love Death” and spent the summer touring NY with Matt Otis. Caitlin Hedge '15 (violin performance major) performed at The Dan Emmet Music and Arts Festival with her “Morning Starre Band,” which played a number of other venues.

Harrison Dillard '49 was honored in London where he held the 1948 Olympic torch again. Dillard is the oldest living 100-meter Olympic champion. Read more about Dillard here.

Senior Jen Evans '13 and her competitive jump rope team earned a bronze medal in the world championship. Because the high profile competition attracts the best international teams, an award earned here is equivalent to an Olympic medal. Jen also spent the summer researching "The Physics of Competitive Jump Rope" as a funded BW Summer Scholar.

Dr. Kerry Spicer-Bebie (HPE) was one of eight inducted into the Magnificat High School Athletic Hall of Fame this spring. Spicer-Bebie was a stand-out three-sport athlete in high school, competing in basketball, volleyball and track, and continuing her athletic career as a volleyball player in college. More information at:





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