Faculty Presentations

Gaetan Giannini, chair of business, presented "Marketing Evolution: How to Change Your Course to Address the New Realities of Web 2.0, PR and Word-of-mouth," at the Pearson-Prentice Hall Marketing Symposium in Huntington Beach, Ca.

Dr. Martine ScannavinoDr. Martine Scannavino, DHSc, RD, LDN, chair of nutrition and associate director of the Allen Center for Nutrition, and Barbara Carlson, MA, RD, CDE, instructor in nutrition, have had a presentation accepted for the Pennsylvania Dietetics Association annual meeting. Titled, "Experiential Learning in Nutrition Education" it will be presented during the professional research and poster session. This work reports on the three-year Nutrition Education in Elementary Schools project in which nutrition majors participated in nutrition education for elementary school students from over 20 school districts. Students developed, presented and assessed a nutrition education class for students in grades K through five. The perceived value, impact on successful completion of dietetic internships and pass fail rates for the national registration examination were evaluated for graduates. Outcomes prove that experiential learning provides students a valuable opportunity to expand the didactic experience. Successful completion of internships and pass rates on the national RD exam were higher than national average for program participants.

Dr. Audrey Ettinger, assistant professor of biological sciences, and student volunteers, many from the Neuroscience Club (Emily Hill, Tasha Cornish, Heather Harlin, Alysie Hickman, Emily Eshleman, Danielle Niles, Jesenia Holguin) presented hands-on neuroscience activities for visitors to the Da Vinci Discovery Center as part of our annual Brain Awareness Week celebration.

Debra Woodruff-Capper, assistant professor of nursing, in conjunction with The Teen Dating Violence Prevention Committee, presented a free community information session about the identification of and resources available to those affected by violence in teen and young adult relationships. This includes information to help teens, young adults and those who work, live or are close to them. In conjunction with this program Capper, along with 3 other committee members, presented an information session on the radio program "Outlook" that was broadcast on Clear Channel Radio Stations in the Lehigh Valley.

Gaetan Giannini, chair of business, presented "High Impact Marketing"(a practical view of marketing public relations) as the keynote address at the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry's 2009 Marketing Summit.

Dr. Martine Scannavino, chair of nutrititon, was featured in a segment on WLVT-PBS Tempo "Making Wise Choices When Eating Out" (airdate: January 19, 2009). The segment can be viewed at http://www.wlvt.org/Tempo/TSS/tempo.htm (Click on the January 19th link - fast forward to 21:00)

Assistant professor of art Casey McDonough has been invited to present his newest work at the National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Phoenix this April, in a new exhibition involving several experimental projects. Casey will be constructing a site-specific art installation both before and during the conference, allowing spectators to observe both his process and the completion of his project firsthand.

Associate professor of business, Michael Donovan presented a session on "Inclusion within the Public Policy Domain of Regional Economic and Community Development" at the Institute for Inclusion annual conference in Washington, D.C. At the Midwest Political Science Association National Conference in April, in addition to a presentation, he has been invited to be a discussant on two panels: "Social Capital as a Policy Resource" and "Public Opinion."

Dr. Thomas Brettell, assistant professor of chemical sciences, presented a one-day short course entitled "Practical Headspace Gas Chromatography" on Wednesday, November 18, 2008 at the 47th Annual Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ.

Dr. Carolyn Segal, professor of English, and Dr. Robert Wilson, assistant professor of English, have had their work accepted for the 40th National Conference of the College English Association, held in Pittsburgh, PA, March 26-28, 2009. The theme of the 2009 conference is "Design." Dr. Wilson delivered his paper, "Synecdoche & Identity: Native American Identity in Sherman Alexie's Flight." Dr. Segal read from her series of poems on painting and sculpture.

Dr. Wendy Robb, director of graduate nursing, was invited to participate as a panelist at The Kenneth B. Schwartz Rounds held recently at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Blvd. The focus of the discussion was The Impact of Complementary Therapies on Healthcare Providers. Schwartz Center Rounds is a multidisciplinary forum where caregivers discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. Over 37,000 clinicians across the country participate in these interactive discussions and share their experiences, thoughts and feelings on different topics.

Dr. Audrey Ettinger, assistant professor of biological sciences and presented research from her lab entitled "Behavioral characteristics and male mate choice in Cichlasoma octofasciatum, the Jack Dempsey Cichlid" at the national Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC. Meghan Olson '05 and Christina Hoffman '08 were co-authors. The meeting drew over 31,000 attendees from around the world.

Dr. Amy Faivre, associate professor of biological sciences, was invited by the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Club to give a presentation at the San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, TX. The talk entitled "Chocolate and Coffee: Stimulating our World" was given as part of the innovative contemporary art show “Chocolate: A Photography Exhibition.”

Members of Preterite, the College literary club, and their faculty advisor, assistant professor of English, Henry Marchand, conducted a presentation at The Mid-Atlantic College Student Literary Magazine Conference in Philadelphia in October. The presentation, “Creating Context: The College Campus as Supportive Literary Community,” detailed the ways in which Preterite encourages and expands interest in and support of the literary arts at Cedar Crest College.

Dr. Nancy Johnston, assistant professor of nursing, presented a paper at the 20th Anniversary Society of Rogerian Scholars Annual Conference in October at Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in Cleveland, OH. The paper was titled “Well Being Picture Scale Results in a Population of Healthy Nurses and Nursing Students.” In addition two Cedar Crest College nursing majors, Elizabeth Stiemel ’08 and Daniele Lodics ’09 presented a poster titled,
“The Well Being Picture Scale in the Context of Rogerian Theory: A Baccalaureate Student Perspective.”

Dr. Wendy RobbDr. Wendy Robb, assistant professor and director of graduate nursing, presented two podium lectures at Sigma Theta Tau’s 19th International Nursing Research Congress in Singapore in July. The presentations were titled: “A Collaborative Preceptor Model for Senior Clinical Experiences: It’s a Win - Win - Win!” and “Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) as a Method of Data Collection in Qualitative Research: The Experience of One Researcher.” In addition, she moderated a session on the “Effectiveness of Complementary and Alternative Therapies.” Thirty-three countries were represented at the Congress. Dr. Robb also recently presented a podium lecture at the 35th Annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Robb’s presentation, “Traditional Testing vs. Collaboration: Use of the Cooperative Exam as an Evaluation Method” was based on work conducted with senior nursing students enrolled in the Complex Health Problems course.

Natsue Otake ‘03, MS, RD, LDN, presented a paper co-authored by Dr. Martine I. Scannavino, associate professor/chair nutrition department with two colleagues from Marywood University (Dr. Alan M. Levine and Dr. Lee Harrison) at the 15th International Congress of Dietetics in Yokohomo, Japan. The topic of Otake’s presentation was “Qualitative Research: Influential Factors Regarding Dietary Acculturation among Japanese Immigrants in Eastern Pennsylvania.”

Michael Donovan, associate professor of business, management & economics recently participated as a member of the planning committee for a conference to be held by the Institute for Inclusion in Washington DC this coming March. He has been commissioned to prepare a report that analyzes existing data from interviews given by 50 American senior corporate and non-profit executives on the topic of stakeholder inclusion.

Dr. Kathleen Boland, associate provost/associate professor in the social sciences presented at the 2008 East Coast Conference on Aging sponsored by the American Society on Aging on September 25. The session was titled, “Medical, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Decision-Capacity in Elders.” She co-presented with Dr. Daniela Krausz, a psychiatrist at Einstein Medical Center and attorney Stanford Pfeffer, chief counsel at Philadelphia Corporation on Aging.

Dr. Jill Purdy, assistant professor/director of the master’s program in education, presented a session at the 2008 Penn State Diverse Literacies Conference on “Multicultural Literature … Ideas for the K-12 Classroom.” Attendees explored how literature can help bridge the cultural gap that is present in many classrooms today. Information also included how to analyze children’s literature for cultural bias.

Dr. Micah Sadigh, associate professor, psychology department, presented a paper at the Sleep Medicine Conference on autogenic therapy and treatment of sleep disorders.

2008 Presentations

Dr. Kerrie Baker, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Jane Ward, professor of psychology, attended the annual conference for the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) held recently in Boston. They presented a poster entitled “Student Perceptions and Preferences of the Classroom Environment.” Their presentation focused on how the physical environment of different classrooms affects students’ perceptions of the learning experience. Although students stated their effort and motivation was most critical to the success of their learning experience, they also perceived the type of classroom environment to be important, even more so than the instructor, the textbook, and the type of presentation of course material. These findings provide critical information to instructors, as well as administrators who design and schedule classrooms.

Dr. Sharon M. Melincavage, assistant professor of nursing, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation. The title of her dissertation is “Anxiety in Student Nurses in the Clinical Setting.” In addition, Sharon has been notified that an abstract of her research study has been accepted for the Poster Presentation of the 23rd Annual Graduate Exhibition at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. The title of her poster presentation is “Anxiety in student nurses in the clinical setting.”

Dr. Wendy J. Robb, assistant professor of nursing and director of the College’s new master of science in nursing program, had a research abstract accepted for poster presentation at the Cleveland Clinic’s 4th Annual Nursing Research Conference in Cleveland, OH in May. The abstract, “The Lived Experience of Registered Nurse Reiki Practitioners: A Phenomenologic Study Using Computer Mediated Communication,” was the topic of her dissertation research.

Henry Marchand, assistant professor of English, presented a paper at the annual conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) in New York City in February 2008. The paper, titled “Get Over Yourself: Breaking the Grip of Me-moir in the Nonfiction Workshop,” addresses the need for approaches in teaching nonfiction writing that guide student writers away from the pitfalls of self-absorption and into engagement with materials of broader interest. The AWP is the nation's largest organization dedicated to the support and improvement of creative writing pedagogy; the English Program at Cedar Crest College is a member of the AWP.

Dr. Thomas Brettel, assistant professor of forensic science, presented a paper titled “Chiral Analysis of Methorphan and Citalopram Using HPLC” at the 60th annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in February.

Last Updated: 4/14/09