Faculty Activities

Amy Backos and Gwen Sanders (Art Therapy)

Gwen Sanders and Dr. Amy Backos are heading up the first international service-based learning class in the Art Therapy Psychology Department. They have traveled to Granada, Nicaragua with graduate art therapy MA students, PhD students and NDNU art therapy alumni. With the support of a local NGO, Viva Nicaragua, they worked with a former squatters community and with elder women in a government-run nursing facility. The last trip included a collaborative art project with the children and elders and commenced with a community art show. The participants are supported in their work with strength based and gratitude interventions. Gwen and Amy will be presenting their research findings from the trip at American Art Therapy Association this summer. This trip was partially funded by a Faculty Development Grant. The next class is scheduled for January 2016.

Paula O’Sullivan Chaffee ’88 (Psychology)

A proud graduate of the College of Notre Dame, Dr. Chaffee began to teach at NDNU when she earned her Ph.D. and her mentor, Sr. Roseanne Murphy, asked her to return to teach Psychobiology.  Dr. Chaffee is a practicing clinical neuropsychologist.  She recently accepted the position of assistant neuropsychologist for the San Jose Sharks National Hockey Club and the San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer Club, conducting baseline assessments and post-concussion assessments on professional athletes.  Dr. Chaffee also contracts with the Santa Clara County Department of Social Services, where she conducts Social Security disability neuropsychological assessments for GA recipients with severe and persistent mental illness.  She also has a private practice where she conducts neuropsychological assessments for the clients of local Social Security attorneys.

Hélène Laroche Davis (Modern Languages and Cultures)

Last Spring, Dr. Laroche Davis brought an interactive exhibit on French author and leader of the Existentialist movement, Albert Camus, to NDNU library. In conjunction with the exhibit, she organized a presentation on Camus involving a department faculty, Lorenzo Giachetti, herself and three students of French. She presented the same event at Santa Clara University with great success. In May she traveled to Moorea, French Polynesia and met with the family of Crista Teihotu and Jeanne Lasserre, two authors and founders of Air Tahiti and tourism in French Polynesia. She is currently writing a book of fiction based on the culture of Moorea. In June, she traveled to France to update her research on literature, art, and culture and to observe the evolution of French society, politics, and business.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance Française of Silicon Valley (AFSCV), she has created a new French Language Center in Menlo Park/Palo Alto. She recently attended a lecture by a famous French Algerian journalist Slimane Zeyguidour on the politics of the Middle East. She also participates in the monthly activities of the French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco (FACCSF), meeting French CEOs and young entrepreneurs. This is instrumental to finding internships for her Business French students.

Patricia M. Davis-Wick (Business)

Dr. Davis-Wick recently was selected to join the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council. She will be providing insight to help shape the management and business content as the Review expands its understanding and research, specifically, on the wider world of business leadership. Additionally, Dr. Davis-Wick, in partnership with Dr. Therese Madden, spoke at two Nexus-4-Change webinars regarding, “The 52%: What We Need to Know About Teaching and Creating a Learning Community for Adult Undergraduates”. She also led two teams for the School of Business and Management (SBM) in research and subsequent recommendations on faculty mentoring of first-year Business and Management undergraduates, as well as on options for training new part- time faculty of SBM. She revised her four-day workshop on “Consulting Skills for Internal Organizational Staff” and presented the program in two senior leadership trainings for Kaiser Permanente, Program Office. She completed an organizational development intervention with the leadership team of a local biotech firm, doing individual coaching with teammates, as well as team building and strategy development. Finally, she has been asked to present a talk on “Strategies for Successful Organization Change” for another local biotech firm in the spring.

Kelly Delaney (Education)

Kelly is currently completing her doctoral dissertation at the University of San Francisco, doing qualitative research on the transnational identity development of Palestinian youth.   Her work on the issue of Islamophobia in U.S. classrooms has led to the publication of a chapter in Bringing Human Rights to U.S. Classrooms: Exemplary Models from the Elementary Grades Through University, forthcoming in April 2015. In 2014, she presented her chapter, Challenging Islamophobia in the Middle School Classroom: Using Critical Media Literacy to Teach Human Rights at the Teachers for Social Justice Conference in San Francisco and conducted a workshop at the Comparative and International Education Society conference in Toronto on Challenging Islamophobia in U.S. Classrooms. She was made a Dorothy Stang Scholar in 2014 and as a result has been able to expand the partnership between NDNU and Ayudando Latinos a Sonar (ALAS). ALAS is a non-profit cultural arts, education and social justice program in Half Moon Bay designed to empower local youth and families. In this partnership, Kelly’s credential students from NDNU work with ALAS to gain experience supporting the literacy development of English Language Learners, and ALAS students and families gain additional academic support. In the fall, Kelly plans to return to the San Bruno Park School District full-time to teach social studies to seventh graders while also continuing to teach part-time in the School of Education and Leadership.

Marianne Delaporte (Religious Studies)

This year Marianne Delaporte has continued work on her book on Motherhood and Spirituality, focusing in particular on the counterculture in the 1960s. She will be presenting at three conferences: on “Spiritualizing Maternity: Responses from the Counterculture,” at the American Society of Church History Conference (January), “The Rush of Childbirth:’ Revolutionary Changes in Understanding Childbirth in the Spiritual Counter-Culture,” at the West Coast American Academy of Religion (March) and on the subject of parenting in the Counterculture for a conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society in April.  She is preparing for the second summer workshop for high-school religious studies teachers, held at NDNU this coming June. Last year’s workshop was very successful. 

Andrew Delunas (Philosophy)

Dr. Delunas is currently busy teaching at various institutions all across the Bay Area. His courses include “Introduction to Critical Thinking”, “Introduction to Ethics”, “Nineteenth Century Philosophy”, and “Early Modern Philosophy”. In addition, he is revising an essay on Kant’s ethics for publication.

Dr. Stephanie Demaree (Education)

Dr. Demaree is working with Drs. Kelly Vaughn and Kim Tolley on a collaborative research project for the California Council on Teacher Education QUEST for Teacher Education Research Program. Their presentation is titled, “Assessing Predictive Validity of Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) for Teaching Credential Candidates: A Case Study.” Dr. Demaree is also collaborating with Drs. Joan Rossi and Kelly Vaughn to develop and implement a new tutoring program at NDNUs STEM lab school, El Crystal, in San Bruno. The program will serve 50 students in kindergarten through 5th grades on skills across the disciplines. She continues to work with Drs. Bob Ferrera and Kelly Vaughn and the El Crystal leadership team to develop hands-on projects in the STEM subjects to demonstrate that meaningful student learning happens through interactive and engaging performance assessments, not standardized tests. Dr. Demaree presented at the California Department of Education STEM Symposium in September with Dr. Ferrera and the El Crystal Leadership team on the topic of “Growing a STEM Magnet School: From Seedling to Blossom. “They have another research presentation on the topic that was accepted at the Leadership 3.0 Symposium this spring in Redondo Beach. Dr. Demaree is thrilled about the new Liberal Studies Blended Pathway that was introduced this fall in which students can earn both a BA and credential in four years. She hopes to attract more future teachers into this exciting new program.

Michael L. Drexler (Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Drexler is the Director of the Telemental Health Section and the Workplace Violence Prevention Coordinator at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He is a staff psychologist with training as a geropsychologist and neuropsychologist. The Telemental Health program offers services to Veterans across our 6 Community based outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), as well as to some veterans in their own homes. These services offer skills-based groups, individual therapy, neuropsychological assessment, and some neurobehavioral rehabilitation via video conferencing. The Workplace Violence Prevention (WVPP) Program offers services across the facility and to all CBOCs. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Sciences in Psychiatry at UCSF, Adjunct Professor of Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological Assessment at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, Instructor in Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Geropsychology and Neuropsychology at UC Berkeley Extension, and he teaches the Gerontology Focus courses at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont California.

Robert Ferrera (Education)

Dr. Ferrera provides leadership and direction for the School of Education and Leadership’s partnership program at El Crystal Elementary School, which is a STEM Magnet School for the San Bruno Park School District. The partnership includes providing a student teacher and University Supervisor for each grade as well as two other NDNU professors who are providing subject matter guidance. He, along with NDNU School of Education colleagues and El Crystal teachers, has made two state-wide presentations and will be making a third this academic year. Dr. Ferrera is in the process of developing a partnership with the Redwood City School District.

Betty Friedman (Art and Graphic Design)

Professor Friedman is working on a group of intaglio prints on her own handmade paper that will be included in a two-person exhibition this coming May at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in Lafyette, CA., and in a solo exhibition at the Peninsula Museum in January 2016. She designed two exhibition catalogs for the Wiegand Gallery last year for the Roots of the Spirit and Donald Feasel: Terra Infirma exhibitons. Betty Friedman and Jean Nyland are writing a review of the Wiegand Gallery exhibition, “Roots of the Spirit,” for the Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche.

Robin P. (Dutch) Fritz (Theatre & Dance)

In the spring of 2014, Dutch designed, built and painted sets for the NDNU Department of Theatre & Dance’s modern adaptation of Moliere’s “The Misanthrope”, directed by, ACT alum, Bruce Williams. The two also teamed up on NDNU’s fall staging of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. During the summer he produced the 18th annual NDNU Labor Day Theatre Festival, our best-attended year to date. This year, with the assistance of NDNU 1990 alumna Karen Byrnes, the Festival launched its first ever children’s playwriting contest with the entrants’ original scripts staged live by the Festival’s small troupe of actors, to the delight of authors and audience alike. Again the Festival premiered a diverse collection of 10 new works by local writers as well as a sampling of several published short plays, including a one-woman play focusing on Jacqueline one year after the assassination of JFK, and Durang’s classic absurd comedy, “The Actor’s Nightmare” presented courtesy of Canada College’s Theatre Dept. Early in the fall Dutch was called on to design the sets for Half Moon Bay’s Coastal Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Woman in Black”, directed by Mark Drumm. Over the holidays Dutch spent some time revising and expanding stage directions for his original play adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1887, gothic novel “Dracula” with a hint of “Steampunk” under the title “DRACULA, the Mina Harker Journals” which he wrote & directed for the NDNU Theatre’s fall 2013, season, in final preparation of the script for publication. He is presently designing the NDNU spring production of “Almost Maine” directed by Michael Elkins and “Noises Off” for Director Virginia Musante, to be performed, this summer, at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center.

Jennifer Harrison (Art Therapy)

Dr. Harrison currently continues to teach as tenure-track faculty in the PhD and Master Art Therapy programs. Currently, she is working on several publications and will be presenting a poster on “Group Art Therapy with Juvenile Offenders” at the 40th Annual Conference for the Association for Women in Psychology.She works as a licensed clinical psychologist at her private practice in Burlingame, using an evidence-based approach to treatment and utilizing such interventions as EMDR, TF-CBT and Art Therapy for children, adolescents, and adults.  At Fremont Hospital she also continues her clinical supervision of doctoral students doing psychological assessments. She holds a Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and Master of Arts in Art Therapy from New York University. She has Diplomate distinction at the National Center for Crisis Management with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Dr. Harrison is also a Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist.

Anabel Jensen (Education)

Dr. Jensen was recently recognized as a Woman of Influence, Bay Area, 2015, by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. An article summarizing her accomplishments will be released in their magazine on April 3th and a celebratory event will be held in early May. She has continued her investigation of social/emotional intelligence competencies in school-age students and has established research partnerships with Baywood School in San Mateo, Connect Community School in Redwood City, Walter Hays and Terman Middle School in Palo Alto. The Synapse School, founded by Anabel and Karen Stone-McCown, was recently granted WASC approval and will be presented the prestigious Five Star Award for unique and innovative practices for gifted children. Anabel recently spoke on the topic of emotional intelligence at the OESIS (Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools) Conference in Los Angles and will be returning to LA at the end of February to present several sessions at the California Association for the Gifted (CAG). Recently, Six Seconds, the training and consulting company co-founded by Anabel and Karen, received a substantial donation from Facebook. Anabel and a team of Six Seconds’ associates are working on a project with Facebook involving the development of a playlist of free activities to support emotional growth. Others involved in this project include the Consortium of Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) at Yale. In addition, she and her team will be working with Mark Brackett from Yale as he begins a major project entitled the “Emotion Revolution.”

Kiran Khatri (Business)

While continuing to practice management in the hospitality industry, Mr. Khatri has been trying to bring contemporary business practices to the classroom and integrate academic learning with managerial decision-making. This year he has been studying the dynamic social and economic environments created by changes trending in international relations and government policies to understand how all these affect the continued processes and sub-processes of globalization and, ultimately, businesses in America.

Philip Kobylarz (English)

Philip Kobylarz recently published his second book, a fiction collection entitled Now Leaving Nowheresville (Blue Light Press, 2014). According to author Jeannine Savard, his writing “impels us to wake up, to embrace both the ordinary and the uncanny figures who dwell outside and inside of ourselves…These stories of leaving do happily confound the reader’s arrival at every turn, and serve to confirm us in our belief we are all living the lives of the innocent and inescapably, that of the experienced.” Previously, Kobylarz’s poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Literati Quarterly, Festival Writer, Small Portions, Poetry Bay, Mill Valley Review, and Referential Magazine.

Sarah Kremer (Art Therapy)

Sarah Kremer is now the Continuing Education coordinator for the Art Therapy Psychology department, bringing a variety of speakers to NDNU. A national and international speaker herself on art therapy and mentoring topics, she is looking forward to connecting the art therapy and counseling community to campus. In 2011, she was elected as the youngest Honorary Life Member of the Northern California Art Therapy Association for her work in bringing the LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) to California and ensuring that the art therapists in the state have another option as licensed mental health professionals. In 2013-2014, she served as President of the California Association of LPCCs Board.

Debra Lambert (Musical Arts)

In Spring 2014, Debra researched, developed and produced ¡De España Vengo!, a history and performance of the great lyric theater music of Spain, from its Moorish/Sephardic roots through the golden age of zarzuela in the 20th century. Twenty musical arts majors, two faculty, and three alumni participated in the sold-out performances as stage-director, researchers, vocalists, and instrumentalists. Art, photos, narration and supertitles accompanied the live performance. To support this work, Debra took a semester of Spanish—she continues to work on her Spanish language skills online. In Fall 2014, Debra music-directed Godspell, andstagedirected Chabrier’s comic opera, The Star, in collaboration with San Francisco’s Pocket Opera. She is currently producing a student tour of Once On This Island to perform at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy, partnering with Hillbarn Theater and TheatreWorks. Off-campus, Debra played in the orchestra for Sanctas Civitas, a monumental sacred work for 200-voice choir, boys’ choir, altar choir, soloist and orchestra, at Stanford University under the direction of Maestro Craig Jessop, former music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Sandra E. Larragoiti (Professional Studies-Evening Intensive)

Dr. Larragoiti defended her PhD dissertation in 2014. Since it had a bilingual component, she defended in Puerto Rico with a dissertation committee comprised of bilingual scholars (Spanish-English). At graduation on May 4, 2014 she was awarded the top dissertation award, The John Macquairre Fellowship in Philosophical Theology. This was granted for the use of hermeneutic phenomenology as a methodology for studying a literary work of Santa Teresa de Ávila. Her dissertation is entitled: “Post-Eucharistic Participation: Answers from Santa Teresa de Ávila’s Work, Exclamaciones (Soliloquies).A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study.’ ” She earned her PhD in Theological Studies from Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF).

Gina Lencioni (Education)

Dr. Lencioni has been teaching “Curriculum: Elementary Math” at NDNU for five years. She has also been teaching in the South San Francisco Unified School District as an elementary teacher for 11 years. Dr. Lencioni is an active member of the Curriculum Council Committee and is the Curriculum and Technology Integrator for her school site, which provides teachers with technology trainings or assistance in incorporating technology into the classroom. In her spare time, Dr. Lencioni and her sister organize drives to collect goods and monetary donations to be personally delivered to children in underprivileged areas of Nicaragua for their non-profit organization, One Box for Hope, Inc.

Therese Madden (Human Services)

Dr. Madden published a book called:  Journeys of Purpose. Inspired by Wisdom, Fueled by Imagination (2014).  The book looks at the journeys of individuals who have found purpose in their work and reflects upon the elements common to each.  She also published articles for The International Journal of E-Portfolios (“Reimagining Boundaries:  How E-Portfolios Enhance Learning for Adult Students” March 2015) and the Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies (“Building Organizational Culture through Social Media: New Understandings,” January, 2015).  She presented a paper at The Mentoring Institute’s conference on the topic of “Social Justice at Home: Building a Faculty Mentoring Program,” and after undergoing peer-review, this paper was published in the conference proceedings. In September, she and Dr. Tish Davis-Wick worked with NEXUS4change on a two-part global webinar about the emerging needs of adult learners.  She is currently preparing for publication a handbook titled, Creating Your Electronic Portfolio; Storytelling, Content, and Design.

Helen Marlo (Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Marlo continues to provide reproductive mental health care for perinatal women through her community based service and weekly group, Mentoring Mothers, at Mills-Peninsula Hospital.  In its fourth year, Mentoring Mothers has served over 250 women.  Dr. Marlo delivered the professional workshop,  “Birth of the Self,” sponsored by the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, where she is on the teaching and training faculty.  She taught “Healing the (Traumatized) Infant Within:  Birth and Rebirth in Analysis,” and “Healing Complex Trauma:  Contributions from Jungian Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalysis, and Depth Psychology” to mental health professionals and analytic candidates.  In collaboration with community partners, Dr. Marlo has contributed to developing community engagement programs such as: Diversity Discussions; Professional Development Day; the Wellness Fair; Professional Panache; and the Tis the Season campaign at NDNU.

Thérèse F. Martin (Business and Management)

Dr. Martin completed a needs assessment for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.  After many years of receiving inadequate funding for area exhibitions and programs, the Commission received additional public funds to distribute to performing, literary, and arts organizations.  The assessment determined whether the primary need was for capacity building or programmatic support.  Prior to this, Dr. Martin served on The Commission’s Art Awards Review Panel.  Several colleagues from a variety of disciplines reviewed hundreds of applications and art samples.  Dr. Martin’s role was to assess the viability of the business plans, the quality of fine art, and – when applicable – arts education plans.  Dr. Martin continues her work serving startup organizations in the area of organizational behavior, including leading retreats, hiring, and reorganizing teams.

Melissa McAlexander (Natural Sciences)

Dr. McAlexander is now the Project Director for NDNU’s HSI-STEM grant from the Department of Education, succeeding Dr. Isabelle Haithcox (Natural Sciences) who was project director from 2012-2014. This grant funds several STEM student success initiatives, including tutoring for lower-division and upper-division science courses, a textbook lending program for lower-division science and math courses, faculty professional development to support student success, and STEM Library resources and student assistants. Dr. McAlexander has presented on NDNU’s STEM grant funded activities at both the 2014 and 2015 Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institutions Educators (AHSIE) Conferences. Dr. McAlexander has also presented her research on the impact of active learning approaches on student retention of general chemistry concepts at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in August 2014 as well as the CIRCLE Conference “Integrating Cognitive Science with Innovative Teaching in STEM Disciplines” in September 2014.

Jean Nyland (Psychology)

Last August, Dr. Nyland (along with Dr. Abbas Milani) led the Stanford University’s Travel/Study program at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Currently, with the aid of a Faculty Development grant, she and Betty Friedman are preparing another review, this time of the Weigand Gallery exhibition entitled “Roots of the Spirit,” for the Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche. Jean’s research on psychological type and political perspective remains ongoing. She will also be visiting Saudi Arabia this spring break, on another Stanford trip.

Robert Poplack (Art)

Robert Poplack’s painting Crab Net was included in the 2014 Bowery Gallery National Competition, Bowery Gallery, New York. He was the Juror for the 56th Annual Members Exhibition at theSanchez Art Center in Pacifica, CA. He was also the juror for an exhibition titled Abstraction at thePacific Art League,Palo Alto, CA. He co-curated the recent Roots of the Spirit Exhibition for the Wiegand Gallery, which garnered national attention. As part of his continuing research into the field of self-taught artists he attended the 2015 Outsider Art Fair in New York City. His students in the community-based learning course, Gallery Techniques, worked at the Art Silicon Valley fair, which brought top galleries from around the country to San Mateo. He is currently curating the fall 2015 exhibition of art by Nathan Oliveira for the Wiegand. Oliveira was a leading member of the Bay Area Figurative School, and taught at Stanford University.

Douglas Rice (Business)

Dr. Rice’s new course in Behavioral Finance was first offered in the fall of 2014, offering students a multi-disciplinary view by merging psychology with financial decision-making. It was a topic of discussion at this year’s Behavioral Finance Symposium sponsored by the International Forum for Behavioral Finance and Economics. Also this year, he developed another new graduate course entitled Entrepreneurial Finance to add to the finance curriculum. Going beyond traditional corporate finance, this course will delve into less traditional financing through venues like Kickstarter and micro-finance. He has also developed a video series teaching financial planning that will be made available to non-profit firms that promote financial literacy. 

Adam J. Rodriguez (Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Rodriguez has continued his work serving LGBTQ people of color in the San Francisco community. His most recent presentation on the topic was titled “Working with LGBTQ People of Color: The Intersection of Internalized Racism and Internalized Homophobia.” He is also developing a panel presentation on addressing the multiple cultural variables of LGBTQ people of color for the 2015 American Psychological Association (APA) Convention. He has also recently presented on the importance of peer mentor programs for Gen 1 college students and has a book review for Thomas Ogden’s first novel “The Parts Left Out” in press. He is currently working on a paper that discusses the mentor-protégé relationship in the context of adult development, utilizing the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

Irv Rollins (Education)

In addition to being a NDNU core and senior faculty member, Dr. Irv Rollins has been an active community volunteer for the past 12 years. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Palo Alto Community Child Care, the Foundation for a College Education in East Palo Alto, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Advisory Committee for San Mateo County. Currently, he is a member of the San Mateo County Commission for Juvenile Justice & Crime Prevention. Dr. Rollins also provides Executive Coaching services for school administrators.  Dr. Rollins chairs the School of Education & Leadership’s Education Committee and serves as a thesis reader for students in the Master of Arts in Education Program.

Will Springhorn Jr. (Lecturer, Theatre and Dance)

Will continues to be active in Bay Area Theatre, appearing in professional shows Bonnie and Clyde and The Rainmaker at the San Jose Stage Company and in Peter and the Starcatcher at TheatreWorks.  Will has choreographed fights for stage productions as well, including Blood Wedding at Bigger than a Breadbox Theatre and American Dream at the New Conservatory Theater Center.  ‘Til Friends do us Part, a short film shot in NY and LA about the rift between a couple caused by extreme friendship, is currently being shopped to festivals, and Untitled Feature is in pre-production to be shot in the Bay Area this August.

Kim Tolley (Education)

Dr. Tolley has recently signed a contract to publish a chapter in Miseducation: A History of Ignorance-Making in America and Beyond, edited by A. J. Angulo and forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press. Her chapter, titled “Slavery”, explores the emergence of anti-literacy laws in the South. Her next book, Heading South to Teach: The World of Susan Nye Hutchison, 1815-1845, is scheduled for publication in Fall 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press. In Fall 2014 she presented a paper at the Social Science History Association (SSHA) Annual Meeting in Toronto: “Antebellum Gender Norms and the Female Teachers in Charleston’s Public Schools, 1812-1855.”As a Network Representative for SSHA, she is currently working on the program for the annual meeting in Fall 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Gretchen Wehrle (Psychology)

Dr. Wehrle continues to focus her scholarly work on community-based learning/research.  In the summer of 2013 she was one of twenty-five faculty selected for Campus Compact’s Third Summer Institute for Experienced Civic and Community Engagement Practitioners.  She and Dr. Don Stannard-Friel continue to take NDNU students and alumni to the Annual Continuums of Service Conferences.  This spring three of them will present on “Turning Wicked Problems into Positive Solutions Becoming an Effective Change Agent” in Long Beach, CA. As Director of the Dorothy Stang Faculty Scholars Program at NDNU, Dr. Wehrle provides professional development workshops and mentorship to faculty interested in developing community engagement courses.  Since the program’s inception, twenty-three faculty members have become SDSC faculty scholars, representing the three schools/colleges, undergraduate and graduate students, and fifteen different disciplines.

Marc Wolterbeek (English)

Dr. Wolterbeek’s book, Hildebert of Lavardin: Texts and Translations, has been accepted for publication by the Dallas Texts and Translations Series. This edition and translation of a late 11th, early 12th century Latin poet is the fruit of two fellowships to the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England, and it received strong support from NDNU’s Library and Faculty Development Committee. Marc is beginning a second book, also an edition and translation, of Marbod of Rennes’ poetry. In addition, he will be delivering a paper next summer at the Arts and Society Conference in London entitled “Grim Reapers and Shinigami: Personifications of Death in Graphic Novels and Manga.” His Creating Your Electronic Portfolio; Storytelling, Content, and Design. His paper, “Teaching Graphic Novels and Manga at the University,” has been accepted by the Journal of International Comic Art for its Spring 2015 issue.

Miriam Zimmerman (Communication)

Retired as fulltime faculty administrator of the Communication Program in 2005, Miriam Zimmerman continues to teach the Holocaust course at NDNU, begun in 1995 by then NDNU chaplain, Father Wayne Maro, now of blessed memory. On July 1, 2014, she completed two years of service as the interim (volunteer) director of the Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Catholic Schools, Mercy High School, San Francisco, and she continues to volunteer as an active Board member for that organization. She writes a column for the National Jewish Post & Opinion, begun in 1985, under the byline, “Holocaust Educator.” She and her husband Richard work together in a mediation practice, although Richard has started making noises about retiring. On a personal note, from Oct. 3, 2013 to Dec. 19, 2013, she and Richard transitioned from being the grandparents of one granddaughter to four, as each of their adult married children presented them with a granddaughter. These “triplets” have recently celebrated their first birthday and are on the threshold to toddlerhood.

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