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News from the College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Randy Brooks, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Overview of the College of Arts & Sciences

The college consists of three divisions—Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences—with a total of eleven departments, including one PACE-only department. There are about 800 students majoring in A&S, which represents about a third of all Millikin undergraduate students. A&S students include about 400 majors in the Social Sciences, 250 majors in the Natural Sciences and 150 majors in the Humanities. 

PerformanceLearning in the College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences offers seven academic programs fully embracing performance learning. These programs are characterized by (1) doing work in the discipline with a professional public performance required of all students before graduation; (2) extra-curricular academic engagement and professional growth experiences beyond the classroom, (3) opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies, and (4) a strong commitment to learning experiences for majors and students in other academic programs.


 (1) NATURAL SCIENCES RESEARCH

Natural Science students and faculty engage in research—in the laboratory, in extensive field studies, and through professional internships. Faculty and students share their new knowledge with the science community through poster exhibits, conference presentations, co-authored publications, and community outreach events.

Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship hosted 3 speakers during the spring semester as part of its science entrepreneurship speaker's series: Robin King, Chief Executive Officer, EPL Bio Analytical Services; Dr. Cedric Pearce, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer, of Mycosynthetix, Inc.; and Kim Hurm, Research Manager for Food Innovations, at Archer Daniels Midland Company.  Over the 2013-2014 academic year, the science entrepreneurship speaker series had about 150 attendees at the meals/receptions and about 350 participants at the seven lectures. Since receiving a second Millikin University Performance Learning Enhancement Grant in fall 2013, the Institute has been notified that it will receive support from a private foundation to continue the science entrepreneurship speaker series during the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition, the institute received a private donation.

Wildlife Bird Research Funded

Dr. David Horn, Associate Professor of Biology, along with Dr. George Bennett, Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Travis Wilcoxen, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Gregg Marcello, Instructor of Biology, received funds from an anonymous donor for a wildlife study. Dr. Horn gave two presentations in the first quarter of the year including a presentation to a Decatur chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on "Attracting Backyard Birds" and to the Macon CountyMaster Gardeners on "Backyard Birds - Keeping Birds Year Round with Feeders and Food." Through a proposal written by Dr. Horn, Millikin University received funding from the Decatur Audubon Society to purchase a protective vitrine and base for Millikin's specimen of Passenger Pigeon, "Big Blue." Big Blue is the last passenger pigeon killed in the wild that still exists and for which there is a record of its death. Dr. Horn was featured on the PBS television show "Illinois Stories" discussing Big Blue and its importance. The research that Dr. Horn and Dr. Wilcoxenhave been performing with students since Spring 2011 has received continued funding in Spring 2014. Specifically, funds will be provided by the Wild Bird Feeding Industry for continued support of this study examining how wild bird feeding influences bird populations and the health of individual birds. This research will also be featured in an episode of the television show "Illinois Stories."

Biology Professor Receives National Integrity Award

In March, Dr. Jennifer Schroeder, Assistant Professor of Biology, was awarded the Turnitin.com 2014 All-Star Academic Integrity Award for higher education. This national award recognized her promotion of academic integrity in the classroom, both in undergraduate and graduate level courses.  Turnitin is used in 126 countries to track the authenticity of student written work. Detail of the award program and a link to Dr. Schroeder's interview can be found at www.turnitin.com/en_us/customers/all-stars. In conjunction with this award, Dr. Schroeder was asked to participate in the second annual Plagiarism Education Week virtual conference. On April 25th, Dr. Schroeder gave a webinar entitled "Survival of the Fittest: Adapting Methodologies for Successful Plagiarism Discussions," which focused upon her practices in conveying the concept of plagiarism to incoming freshmen in a changing higher education environment, with expansions to how these discussions need to extend to upper-level and graduate students as well. This webinar was presented to over 1100 registrants nationally. 

Dennis School Partnership Learning Experiences in Biology

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014 the Biology department hosted 45 third and fourth graders, working through 5 different stations of exercises with 16 biology students and one nursing student leading them. Our students were fantastic guiding the activities, and the Dennis School students were amazed at the fast movement of sensitive plants when touched, found the baby plant inside a bean seed, dissected a flower and examined its pollen, taped down the floral parts into their journals, used nail polish to make an epidermal peel to examine stomatal openings on the tops and bottoms of leaves, measured photosynthetic rates of a prayer plant, toured the greenhouse and potted up their own jade hobbit plants to take home, and toured the museum admiring the many colors organisms use.

Dr. Marianne Robertson, Professor of Biology, and Dr. Casey Watson, Associate Professor of Physics, had a manuscriptentitled, “Individual recognition in theolive nerite snail Neritina reclivata (Neritospina: Neritidae) as determined by clustering behavior” published in Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Sciences. 106:65-69. Guinn,A., M. W. Robertson, and C. R. Watson, published on work conducted at Millikin University with Biology student Amanda Guinn (now a Millikin alum) as senior author. They also presented this research at the Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Sciences.

Dr. David Horn, Associate Professor of Biology gave a presentation co-authored with Travis Wilcoxen titled "Does bird feeding positively impact songbird survival?" at the Annual Meeting of the Wild Bird Feeding Industry in San Antonio, TX. Their research was also mentioned in the nationally-distributed Birding Business Newsletter. In January, David Horn gave a presentation on Millikin's specimen of Passenger Pigeon, "Big Blue," at the Peggy NotebaertMuseum in Chicago. Big Blue is the last passenger pigeon killed in the wild for which the specimen still exists and its death is fully documented.

Anne Rammelsberg, Associate Professor of Chemistry, attended the 246th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Indianapolis, IN. She is the current council or of the Decatur-Springfield ACS section and a member of CTEP. The ACS has recently created the National Association of Chemistry Teachers which will help support the teaching ofchemistry in K-12.

Dr. Travis Wilcoxen, Assistant Professor of Biology, has joined the Board of Directors for the Illinois Raptor Center, a bird of prey rehabilitation and education facility in Decatur. In early September, Dr. Wilcoxen was one of eight invited speakers at the Midwest Herpetological Symposium held in Peoria, Illinois, where he presented findings from amphibian development research co-authored by recent Millikin graduate, Katie Stoltz. Dr. Wilcoxen also presented a research posteron health and physiology of wild birds at the International Society for Wildlife Endocrinology annual meeting at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois with Dr. David Horn, one current Millikin student, and five Millikin alums as co-authors on the poster. Dr. Wilcoxen and two academic colleagues, one each from Allegheny College and one from Bucknell University recently launched a blog entitled “The Liberal Arts Ecologists” to highlight the impactful research thatis conducted at schools such as Millikin. The blog will include guest posts by research students at each of the universities as well as guest blogs from other faculty members at similar schools throughout the United States. Two papers written by Dr. Wilcoxen were recently accepted for publication, one entitled “Heritability of immune characteristics in Florida scrub-jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens)” was published online ahead of print in the Canadian Journal of Zoology and the second paper entitled “Reproductive hormones and age: results from a long-term study and GnRH challenge of Florida scrub-jays” was published online ahead of print in the journal General and Comparative Endocrinology.

Dr. David Horn, Associate Professor of Biology, along with a Millikin alum and a professor at Illinois State University published the manuscript “The effects of tower structure and weather conditions on avian mortality at three television towers in central Illinois” in Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science. Dr. Horn, Dr. Travis Wilcoxen, and three Millikin alumni are co-authors on aposter Dr. Horn will present at The Wildlife Society Annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This poster examined how bird feeding influences forest bird populations. Horn also gave a presentation on food and feeder preferences of wild birds at the annual convention for Central Farm & Garden, Inc. in Wooster, OH. Finally, Dr. Horn’s research and expertise has been highlighted in two popular magazines: Bird Watching magazine and National Wildlife.

 

(2) MATHEMATICS & PHYSICS

Faculty and students in these programs help students develop advanced mathematical modeling abilities in a variety of applied math fields including actuarial science, physics or math education. The math department hosts an undergraduate math conference each year, and the physics program hosts numerous science and astronomy outreach programs to schools and the community.

Dr. James V. Rauff, Professor of Mathematics, published a review of Mathematical Expeditions: Exploring Word Problems Across the Ages by Frank J. Swetz in Mathematics and Computer Education, Winter, 2014. In 2013 he published two book reviews in the journal Mathematics and Computer Education. The books he reviewed were Introduction to Cultural Mathematics (by Thomas E. Gilsdorf) and Emil Artin’s Iceland Journal 1925 (edited by Tom Artin).

Dr. Dan Miller, Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Requarth Observatory, organized an event for 150 Dennis School students on April 16, 2014. This was an evening of workshops on astronomy, mathematics, physics and chemistry. He also hosted the "star gazing with binoculars" on the roof of LTSC. Other faculty who hosted the presentations: Dr. Casey Watson, Associate Professor of Physics, with an astronomy quiz, Dr. Joe Stickles, Professor of Mathematics, on mobius strips, Dr. George Bennett, Professor of Chemistry, with chemistry demonstrations, and Dr. Eric Martell, Associate Professor of Physics, with physics demonstrations. 

Dr. Rauff and Brittney Gillespie, Instructor ofMathematics and Coordinator of the Math Center, gave a joint presentationat the AMATYC Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. Their talk, "Algebrain a Week: Bridging the Gap for STEM Students," described Millikin'sinnovative EXCEL summer program designed to help incoming students in nursing,natural sciences and business succeed.

 

(3) BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE RESEARCH & SOCIAL ACTION

Students and faculty in this program provide an emphasis on research or social action. The Psychology major prepares students in experimental research methods and invites students to join ongoing research teams, such as the Social Perception Research Project. The Human Services and Sociology majors emphasize service learning and social action, preparing students to become professionals in organizations dedicated to helping people and communities. The department also provides faculty leadership of of the Criminal Justice minor with internships in area criminal justice services. 

Mary Garrison, Associate Professor of Social Work, has had a busy spring semester with many opportunities coming her way. Since January, Mary has been working with the Community Foundation of Decatur/Macon County on the start of a 3-year research/program evaluation project regarding teen pregnancy/births in Macon County. As a piece of this project, Mary researched and evaluated teen birth data for the last 10 years in Macon County preparing a comprehensive report to be used by community stake holders to address the issue of high teen birth rates in Macon County. 

Mary has had multiple presentations this spring including being the invited keynote speaker for Social Work Day and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on March 3rd, 2014 (in celebration of March as National Social Work Month). Mary presented on Social Work Ethics and Technology. Further, Mary traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to present at the 10th Annual International Conference on Practice Teaching and Field Education in Health and Social Work on April 7th and 8th, 2014. Mary presented with an Irish Social Work colleague on "Social Work Ethics Across the Profession: A Special Focus on the United States and Ireland."

In her role as the National Association of Social Workers East Central District Chair and Board Member, Mary worked actively with Illinois State University on planning and speaking at ISU's Annual Social Work Day event that took place on March 19th. Additionally Mary engaged 7 Millikin students to attend this workshop as well. 

Professor Garrison has worked on 2 research projects with 3 Millikin students over this past year and is completing these projects this spring. The first project focuses on Poverty and the understanding of what poverty looks like in Decatur, Illinois and the understanding and impact for stakeholders as the work to access needs in the community. The second project is the creation of a DVD that highlights the collaborative efforts within the Decatur social service community. This DVD will be utilized by agencies for trainings as well as to seek funding as collaboration is essential in securing funds within any community. Both of these projects involved interviewing multiple stakeholders within the Decatur community, and each time an interview was completed, the Human Service students that worked with Mary on this project were able to engage inperformance learning and put theory from the classroom into practice.

Mary spent her 9th annual spring break taking students on an experiential learning opportunity to Denver, Colorado this year. 6 students traveled with Mary to Denver to work with the LGBTQ community and engaged in performance learning as they expanded their cultural competence inpreparation for social work practice once out of school. Students had the opportunity to connect with clients, practitioners and administrators and policy makes in relationship to LGBTQ issues. 

Mary was able to engage her Impacting Lives through Entrepreneurship class with the Moore lecture series speaker, Derreck Kayongo, during his visit to campus. Mary and her 6 students had dinner with Mr.  Kayongo, President and Mrs. White along with three Moore family members allowing for a wonderful opportunity for students share their strengths and talents and engage with Millikin's featured guest. 

On May 7th, Mary hosted a nationally known speaker and documentary maker, Susan Smiley, on campus. Ms. Smiley shared her personal family story about her mother’s battle with Schizophrenia. This event was a campus wide event and was open to the greater Decatur community. This event was sponsored by NAMI on Campus, a student organization Mary advises.

Dr. Shabana Mir, Assistant Professor of Global Studies, published a book, Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity with The University of North Carolina Press, January 2014 (ISBN 1469610788). Here is the description of this new book as listed on Amazon: “Shabana Mir's ethnographic study of women on Washington, D.C., college campuses reveals that being a young female Muslim in post-9/11 America means experiencing double scrutiny—scrutiny from the Muslim community as well as from the dominant non-Muslim community. Muslim American Women on Campus illuminates the processes by which a group of ethnically diverse American college women, all identifying as Muslim and all raised in the United States, construct their identities during one of the most formative times in their lives.”

Through a state grant opportunity provided by Keyria Rodgers, Adjunct Instructor of Sociology, the State's Attorney's Office has hired Dr. Kenneth Laundra, Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Bobbi Gentry, Assistant Professor of Political Science, to conduct research on the Adult Redeploy Illinois programs in Macon County. Funding for this research comes from the State's Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) initiative to reduce criminal recidivism through more cost-effective diversionary programs (alternatives to incarceration). This research will focus on the effectiveness of restorative justice programs implemented by ARI. As part of the new Criminal Justice minor, this funded research will employ Millikin students who have enrolled in the new Criminal Justice minor, as part of their required internship coursework.


(4) PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

Faculty and students in communication conduct research and practice professional skills in public relations, organizational communication or media production. Communication students practice their professional communication through required internships and campus opportunities such as working for the award-winning Millikin University radio station, WJMU.

Dr. Michael Braun, Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication, had two publications related to deception accepted for publication. The first paper looks at linguistic differences between liars and truth-tellers, as assessed by the website Politifact; this paper was accepted for publication in the journal Discourse Processes. The second, co-authored by Dr. Van Swol and Dr. Braun, continues in a series of papers they have published looking at deceptive and truthful monetary interactions; this paper was accepted for the Journal ofCommunication. With Dr. Marie-Louise Mares of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Braun was honored at this year's International Communication Association conference, where a paper co-authored by them was selected as the best published paper by the Children and Media Division.

WJMU, managed by Sam Meister, received two finalist nominations for the annual Intercollegiate Broadcast System awards. Both spot news coverage, and a production for the 75th anniversary of War of the Worlds have been recognized. Millikin's performance learning in radio production are competing with some of the best media programsin the country at USC and UCONN, and the students are equally excited that our War of the Worlds broadcast has been selected.

Dr. W. Thomas Duncanson, Associate Professor of Communication, published a chapter entitled “The Pre-moral Problem in Environmental Ethics” in a book Integrating Ethics, Social Responsibility and Governance published by the Green Economics Institute, in Reading, UK, and a chapter entitled “The Descent of Authority in Public Discourse on Environmental Health” in a book The Greening of Health and Well Being from the same Institute. Duncanson attended the 2013 meeting of Respondeo, the Dutch society dedicated to the study of the life and thought of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, meeting at Deventer, The Netherlands, 23 November 2013, and presented a paper entitled "The Language of the Soul: Suffering, Shame, Courage"; a more elaborate version of the paper appeared in the January 2014 journal of the society.

Dr. Nancy J. Curtin, Associate Professor and Chair of Communication, and Mary E. Garrison, Associate Professor of Social Work, co-presented at the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter, Statewide Conference in October 2013. Curtin and Garrison’s presentation was titled, “Disenfranchised Grief: Strategies for Addressing Same-Sex Grief Issues.”

In November, Dr. Michael T.Braun, Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication, attended the National Communication Association's annual convention in Washington DC. Dr. Braun presented two papers there. The first investigated differences in communication technology preferences between younger and older adults. The second, authored with Dr. Lyn Van Swol of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and others, looked at how groups come to consensus when discussing a contentious topic (in this case, whether the words "under God" should be in the Pledge of Allegiance). This paper won a top paper award in the groups division. Dr. Braun continues as an active peer reviewer for the journal Computers in Human Behavior and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

 

(5) INTERNATIONAL CULTURES & HISTORY

Faculty and students interested in studying international cultures have many opportunities to study abroad through immersion or semester-long opportunities. Students and faculty in History conduct research including field studies or primary texts in their courses and through internships with historical organizations, such as museums.

Dr. Dan Monroe, Professor of History, was appointed to a three-year term on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Illinois History. The appointment comes under the aegis of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The Editorial Advisory Board assists and advises the editor of the journal. 

Dr. Bob Sampson, Visiting Professor of History, presented a paper on Dorothy Day and her circle at the University of Illinois at “ Dorothy Day: A Saint for Our Time,” March 7 at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. On March 28, he was the commentator for a panel on the 1864 Charleston Riot at the Illinois State Historical Society’s annual Illinois History Symposium at Eastern Illinois University.  Two days later, he joined a panel with three other historians, including Lincoln expert Harold Holzer, to discuss the events leading up to the Charleston Riot on the concluding day of the Charleston Riot Sesquicentennial, also held in Charleston, Illinois. On April 3, he presented a program on the history of baseball, its arrival in Decatur in 1866, and vintage baseball to Decatur’s ROMEO (Retired Men Eating Out) Club. Millikin’s One Book Project, a group he organizes and one composed of Millikin faculty, students, and community members, is completing its fourth semester by reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning account of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II, No Ordinary Time.

Dr. Brian Mullgardt, Assistant Professor of History, published "Gaming the Gilded Age" in the journal The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies (Volume 75, No 1, 2014).  Additionally, he presented an academic paper entitled "Summer of Rage: The Aftermath of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Lincoln Park, Chicago" at the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association in April, 2014, and he recently gave a talk entitled "The North Side Cooperative Ministry in the 1960s" to Westminster Church in Decatur in March.

Dr. Robert Sampson, Adjunct Instructor of History, published, “'The spirit of discord arose': The Birth Pangs of Base Ball in Central Illinois,1866-1868," in the Winter edition of the Journal of Illinois History. On January 19, he spoke to the Decatur Universalist-Unitarian congregation on the late Father Martin Mangan and his role in the labor lockouts and disputes in Decatur during the 1990s.

Dr. Eduardo Cabrera, Professor of Spanish, was invited as a theatre critic and researcher to participate in the theatre festival 17º Festival de la Víspera in BuenosAires, Argentina (December 2013). During that event Dr. Cabrera participated in the panel “Salud Mental y Resistencia Cultural” (Mental Health and Cultural Resistance).

Robert D. Sampson, Adjunct Instructor of History, published an article in the Fall 2013 issue of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, “A Priest on the Front Lines: Father Martin B. Mangan in the Decatur ‘War Zone,’ 1991-1998.” He presented “ ‘A criminal offense to take a little free and healthful exercise’: Base Ball’s Challenges in Post-Civil War Illinois” at the Conference on Illinois History, Sept. 26 in Springfield, and will speak on “The Story Behind the 1864 Charleston Riot: Violence and Coercionon the Home Front” to two sessions at Eastern Illinois University’s 34th Annual History Teachers Conference on Oct. 24. He also reviewed Robert E.Hartley’s new book, Battleground 1948: Truman, Stevenson, Douglas, and the Most Surprising Election in Illinois History for the Illinois Times newspaper.


(6) WRITING & PUBLISHING 

Students and faculty in the writing and publishing program can concentrate on creative writing, professional writing, literature, print journalism or English education. In addition to courses on the art of publishing and web publishing, students in this program join student-run publishing companies including the student newspaper, the Decaturian, the book publishing company, Bronze Man Books, the literary magazine, Collage, or the poetry broadside publishing company, Blue Satellite Press. 

Dr. Anne Matthews, Associate Professor of English, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, held in Chicago, April 2014. In her paper, titled “’This Is Your Work’: Slavery, Double Victimization, and the Gray Zone,” Matthews extended her study of slave-on-slave violence and emphasizes the systematic terror that forced slaves to act in the master’s interest. Drawing on the work of holocaust survivor Primo Levi, Matthews explored the moral and ethical implications of the untenable situations created by slavery.

Dr. Carmella Braniger, Associate Professor of English, Critical Writing, Reading, and Research Coordinator, and undergraduate research fellow Brittany Mytnik attended the annual Allerton Articulation Conference 2014, in Monticello, IL, April 16, where they discussed the efforts of Millikin University’s undergraduate writing program to cultivate undergraduate student writing endeavors and provide performance-learning opportunities for Millikin first-year writers, including publication in the annual first-year writing anthology, Millikin’s Premier Writers

In addition to co-presenting with her research fellow, Dr. Carmella Braniger also had the unique opportunity this spring 2014 semester to co-teach, along with Kate Henson, Visiting Lecturer of English, two English courses—Advanced Creative Writing: Memoir (EN301) and Women’s Literature and the Memoir (EN220). The two courses explored the opportunities, limits, and challenges of the creative nonfiction genre. The advanced writing course engaged students in the creative act of writing nonfiction. The literature course analyzed the use of the genre to address issues of gender, race, and class. Together, the two courses offered English majors a unique introduction to the genre of the memoir, allowing students to explore and analyze creative acts of reading and writing. 

Dr. Randy Brooks, Professor of English and Dean of Arts & Sciences, had poems published in the journal, Bottle Rockets, Issue 15.2, Janaury 2014, and in two anthologies: Geography and the Creative Imagination, edited by Sonam Chhoki. Perryville, MD: Kei Books, 2014; and Fear of Dancing: The Red Moon Anthology of English-language Haiku 2013. Winchester, VA: Red Moon Press, 2014.

Dr. Stephen Frech,Associate Professor of English, had a sequence of five lyric poems, “Enough, Not Enough,” published in the current issue of Ninth Letter. He delivered a scholarly paper, titled You Are an I: Poetry,Translation, and the Unconscious,” at the MLA annual convention in Chicago in January. He released a CD titled A Palace of Strangers Is No City, a collaboration with Dr. Chung-HaKim in Millikin’s School of Music. The CD was reviewed by the Midwest Book Review: “A Palace of Strangers Is No City is a unique audiobook on CD, which alternates between the narrative of a prose poem and piano performances of excerpts from Czech composer LeosJanacek's "On An Overgrown Path". The poetic story follows two lovers separated by the severity of an occupied city . . . Dreamlike yet suspenseful, and heightened by the powerful musical interludes superbly performed by Chung-Ha Kim, A Palace of Strangers Is No City is an eclectic, unforgettable fusion. Highly recommended.”

 Dr. Jeffrey S.J. Kirchoff, Assistant Professor of English, published “It’s Not The Same as Print (and it Shouldn’t Be): Rethinking the Possibilities of Digital Comics” in the Fall 2013 issue of the online scholarly journal Technoculture. His review of CrossingBoundaries in Graphic Narrative was published in the Fall 2013 issue of International Journal of Comic Art. Additionally, he presented his paper “Eco-Rhetoric in DC Comics” at the 5th Annual International Conference of Crime, Media, and Popular Culture in October of 2013.

Dr. Michael O’Conner, AssociateProfessor of English, designed, edited, and electronically published another superlative example of student performance learning at Millikin. In the Fall of 2012, his EN202 Writing About Literature course worked on a collaborative class project, a literary casebook study on Helena Maria Viramontes' novel, Under the Feet of Jesus. The students divided up all casebook tasks in creating this project, drafted and refined the texts of informational and critical materials, and submitted their work for eventual publication on the world-wide web for a worldwide audience. O’Conner designed the site and edited the student-generated text over the last year. This casebook is located at the following URL: <http://performance.millikin.edu/LiteratureCasebooks/viramontes>

In late January, Kate Henson, Visiting Lecturer of English, was invited to read at the University of Illinois' art gallery, Figure One, for the closing of their exhibit "Upside Down, Left to Right." She has two poems forthcoming in theliterary magazine Sundog Lit.

Dr. Scott Lambert, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, at the March 2014 International Association for Communication and Sport Summit in New York City presented: “Framing O’Bannon v. NCAA” and “The Money Line: How media exposure creates true NCAA Tournament Underdogs”. Dr. Lambert is working on two book chapters in Guide to Key Issues in Mass Media Ethics and Law: Chapter 1, “The Price of Publicity” and Chapter 2 “Sports Coverage” (Chapters accepted and presented, book publishing date next year) and has one Chapter accepted in The ESPNEffect: Academic Studies of the Worldwide Leader in Sports. (Publishing date:Next year).

Dr. VickyGilpin's, Adjunct Instructor of English, paper "Fangs in theCornfields: Teaching Vampire Literature to Nontraditional Students in the Composition Classroom" has recently been published in the book TheVampire Goes to College. In addition, her article "Oppression and Repression by Any Other Name: Modern Relevancy of Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan for LGBT Youth" which appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Modern European Drama is being re-published in a book format of the issue titled Modern European Drama: Text to Criticism. Vicky is currently editing a scholarlycollection on vampires and humor and will be presenting a paper on a Victorian penny dreadful at the Popular Culture Association American Culture Association in April.

Dr. Carmella Braniger, Associate Professor of English; Dr. Randy Brooks Professorof English; Aubrie Cox, Adjunct Instructor of English; and Natalie Perfetti, Millikin University alumni, had a sequence of poetry, “What’s Underground: A Tanka Quartet” by Randy Brooks, Carmella Braniger, Aubrie Cox, and Natalie Perfetti, Skylark, 1.2; United Kingdom, Winter,2013.

Dr.Randy Brooks, Professor of English and Dean of Arts & Sciences, had poems published in three international anthologies: The Scent of Music: Haiku with a Touch of Music, edited by Marlene Buitelaar, published by ‘t schrijverke, (Den Bosch, Netherlands), The Sacred in Contemporary Haiku. Editedby Robert Epstein, and This World: Haiku Society of America 2013 Members’Anthology, The Haiku Society of America, (Pittsford, NY). He had one poem published in American Tanka, December 2013; two poemsin A Hundred Gourds (September 2013);and three poems in Frogpond, Autumn 2013. He was the featured guest poet in Upstate Dim Sum (Nassau, NY: Route 9 Haiku Group), November, 2013. Brooks had five poems published in the September 2013 issues of two literary journals: A Hundred Gourds 2.4 (Burnwick,Australia); Haiku: Revista deInterferente Culturale Romano-Japoneze, 23.4 (Romania); and in ananthology, The Sacred in ContemporaryHaiku. An essay by Brooks, “Writing Haiku.” was translated into Serbian and published in Haiku Reality / Izasao je Novi Broj Haiku Stvarnosti, 10.17, (Batajnica, Serbia), Summer 2013. He also served on the “Editor’s Panel: What is the Future of American Haiku?” at the Haiku Society of America Quarterly Meeting, (Evanston, IL), September 29, 2013.


(7) ETHICAL REASONING & POLITICAL ACTION

Students in Political Science or Philosophy engage in ethical reasoning and political action. This program includes students interested in careers in politics or law. Beyond classes on research methods or traditions of argumentation, students learn to apply their abilities through simulations and competitions such as Moot Court, Model Illinois Government and Model United Nations. 

Dr. Bobbi Gentry, Assistant Professor of Political Science, presented at the American Political Science Association conference on “Is Government a Required Course in High School?”. She found some surprising information about state standard changes in high school curricula. Also, Dr. Gentry participated in a Working Group on Youth Politics, which is a leading group of scholars in the area discussing current research and future endeavors for the study of Youth Politics.

 
 
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