Faculty Activities

Patricia Andrews (History)

Patti Andrews continued her research on the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur over Winter Break 2013-2014 by living in community with our Kenyan Sisters in Nairobi for one month and interviewing as many of them as she could. While there, she toured all of the SND locations in Kenya, including the new Notre Dame school in Malava. Now back from her travels, she is busy processing all the recorded interviews and promoting a scholarship fund to help ensure that the school in Malava thrives according to the vision of Julie Billiart by continuing to admit children whose parents can't afford to pay. Patti also volunteers with NDNU's Table of Plenty, run by Sister Jeanette Braun in Half Moon Bay. Table of Plenty "honors the dignity and sacredness of each person" by ensuring that guests are welcomed and served as if they were dining at a restaurant. NDNU provides a crew of volunteers bi-monthly.

Doris Arrington (Art Therapy)

Dr. Doris Arrington, Chair of the Art Therapy Psychology Department, was the invited trainer for 65 University Counselors in Beijing, April 2013.  Invited because of the flood of suicidal students in China, she trained on how art is used in treating trauma and mental illness.  Arrington has been asked to return April, 2014.  Assisted by NDNU graduate Ann Stockwell, MA, MFT, ATR, the women trained 25 psychologists and counselors in Kiev, Ukraine for a week in October, 2014.  Arrington’s chapter “Art as Healing with Children and Adults in Cambodia, China, Ethiopia and the Ukraine” was included in Using Art Therapy with Diverse Populations:  Crossing Cultures and Abilities edited by Howie, Prasad and Kristel and published in 2013 by Jessica Kingsley.

Nusha Askari (Clinical Psychology & Gerontology)

Dr. Askari is proud to serve as the Advisor of the Psi Chi International Honor Society, and together with the officers and members of Psi Chi, to have hosted speaker panels this year open to the NDNU and greater Belmont/San Mateo Community on Gerontology, raising awareness of interfacing with individuals with mental illness and “stamping out stigma” (in collaboration with NAMI). The Psi Chi NDNU Chapter has also worked collaboratively with the NDNU Men and Women Basketball and Soccer teams and coaches to host socials for developmentally disabled individuals and their families.  The Psi Chi International Office recently recognized the NDNU Chapter with a “Model Chapter Award”.  Dr. Askari applauds the efforts of current and past Psi Chi officers who were instrumental in providing the service to receive this award: Laura Cole, Kelli Little, Lydiamor Tourino, John Tran, Natalie Studzinski, John Hartford, Christian Alzubi, Jennica Janssen,Terri Deroson and Gina Fucilla. They helped NDNU’s Psi Chi Chapter successfully provide community outreach and service and promote social justice through raising awareness about gangs and bullying, human trafficking, sexual assault, eating disorders and substance abuse recovery.  Dr. Askari teaches Neurophysiology and Psychopharmacology and Thesis/Research courses in the Clinical Psychology and Gerontology Department and continues to pursue her interests in Neuropsychology, Geropsychiatry, and Forensic Science.

Hamid Azad (Business)

Dr. Azad involves his accounting students in community engagement through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program he established at NDNU in the summer of 2012. This program provides low and middle-income families the opportunity to have their income tax returns prepared and e-filed free of charge. This January, some accounting students participated in three days (24 hours) of training. Dr. Azad served as one of the instructors for this training, which was attended by more than 30 volunteers in the community.

Amy Backos and Gwen Sanders (Art Therapy)

January 2013, Gwen Sanders and Amy Backos took a group of graduate Art Therapy students to Nicaragua for the first international service-based learning class in the Art Therapy Psychology Department. The class of eight students provided two weeks of Art Therapy in a former squatters community in Granada. With the support of a local NGO, Viva Nicaragua, the faculty and students created four culturally relevant art groups for girls, boys, young women, and elder women: shields, masks, and dolls. The service project commenced with a community art show and a parade through the neighborhood. This trip was partially funded by a Faculty Development Grant, and Gwen and Amy are collecting data to understand the impact of an international service based class on the development of Art Therapy students. The next class is scheduled for August 2014.

Enrico Beltramini (Religious Studies)

Dr. Beltramini’s ongoing research focuses on the reception of the Indian Christian theology in Catholic doctrine and the economic civil rights in the Sixties. In 2013, Enrico presented papers at several conferences, including the Society for US Intellectual History Annual National Conference, Association for the Study of African American Life and History National Conference, American Historian Association National Meeting, National Conference on the Study of Religions of India. Enrico also published a book chapter in Michael Ezra (ed.), The Economic Civil Rights Movement, Routledge, 2013, and articles on academic journals such as Journal of Economic Philosophy, The Journal of Advanced Research in Economics and International BusinessJournal of International and Global Studies, The International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity, and Studies in World Christianity (forthcoming). Enrico is currently completing his doctorate in theology from the Jesuit-run Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi, after his two previous PhDs in business (Manchester Business School) and history (University of London) and has two academic books under contract that are due to be completed in late 2014.

Jacqueline Berger (English)

On her sabbatical this year, Jacqueline Berger had extended stays at two writers residencies— the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where she worked on the manuscript of her fourth book of poetry. Poems from the manuscript were published in the following journals in 2013: Miramar, Jung Journal, Enzagram, and The Cossack.

Richard Carolan (Art Therapy)

In 2012, Dr. Richard Carolan, working with Dr. Diana Demetrulias submitted the Ph.D. in Art Therapy, which was approved December 2012.  Although there are other Art Therapy Programs in the country, this is the first Ph.D. program at NDNU and the first Art Therapy Ph.D. program in the country. The first cohort of 13 students entered the Ph.D. program in September 2013.  In summer, 2013, Dr. Carolan was awarded the American Art Therapy Association Distinguished Educator. 

Hélène Laroche Davis (Modern Languages and Cultures)

Dr. Laroche Davis traveled last year to France to conduct research on literature, art, and culture and to observe the evolution of French society, politics, and business. During visits to France, she frequently meets with authors who give her their latest books to review, and sometimes she undertakes translation projects. In Fall 2013, she was invited to serve on the Board of the Alliance Française of Silicon Valley (AFSCV). In that role she acts as liaison with the French Cultural Attaché and the Consul General. Her recent meeting with the Consul in January informed her of the forthcoming visit in February of the President of France to San Francisco and Palo Alto. 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. In February, she will make a presentation on SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER by François Truffaut at the French Film Club of Palo Alto and the Alliance Française. Last October she attended a lecture by the popular French philosopher Michel Onfray on Albert Camus. She will bring an interactive exhibit on Albert Camus to NDNU in March. Heads up!

Marianne Delaporte (Philosophy and Religious Studies)

Thanks to a Faculty Development Grant, Marianne Delaporte was able to visit The Farm Commune in Tennessee over the summer. There she interviewed Ina May Gaskin, author of Spiritual Midwifery and founder of the modern American midwifery movement. This is part of Dr. Delaporte's continued research on the relationship of motherhood to spirituality. She presented on the subject at a faculty colloquium in the Fall and is continuing to collect interviews from midwives who were on The Farm in the 1970s.

Stephanie Demaree (Education)

Dr. Demaree is collaborating with Kelly Vaughn to research the ability of first-year teachers to make connections between their classroom practice and the activities involved in the Performance Assessment of California Teachers (PACT). They will present their work at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference in St. Louis in February 2014. They have co-authored a chapter called “Summative as Formative: Reflective Practices from Pre-Service to In-Service through Teaching Performance Assessments,” which is forthcoming in Reflectivity & Cultivating Student Learning, ed. Edward Pultorak (NY: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). They have also worked with Kim Tolley on a collaborative research presentation for the international American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April, 2014. Their paper is titled, "Assessing Predictive Validity of Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) for Teaching Credential Candidates: A Case Study." Dr. Demaree continues to co-facilitate the after-school tutoring program at Belle Air Elementary School in San Bruno as well as work as the science liaison to El Crystal Elementary School in San Bruno as it transitions to become a STEM magnet school. She also has worked with Drs. Haithcox and Shaw to write a STEM grant to support the NDNU Science in Action students, classroom teachers and elementary students at El Crystal and Green Hills Elementary Schools to have the supplies and resources needed to do inquiry science.

Judy Doktor (Education)

Dr. Doktor was recently awarded a faculty grant to study the implementation of blended special education programs at the IHE level. She developed an analyzed a survey which was sent to over 75 professors working in California IHE’s. During the 2013-14 academic year, she has assisted the California Teacher Credentialing Commission (CCTE) in evaluating programs, both at the early childhood level and the primary level.

Michael L. Drexler (Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Drexler teaches the Gerontology Focus courses at NDNU. He is currently the Clinical Director of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC), where he is also a staff psychologist and neuropsychologist. He recently transitioned out of his role as Local Psychosocial Recovery Coordinator (LRC) at SFVAMC when he took on the role for VA Central Office as a National Trainer for Social Skills Training (an evidence-based intervention for those with severe and persistent mental illness). Before his appointment as LRC he served as Geropsychologist and Geriatric Neuropsychologist, and he continues to supervise postdoctoral students working for palliative care and hospice. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, board certified by the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (formerly the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association), and a Past President of the Northern California Neuropsychology Forum.

Kristen Edwards (History)

Dr. Edwards began teaching history at NDNU in 2012 after working at Menlo College for the previous decade.  She first taught at NDNU back in 1996 under the guidance of Sr. Patricia Hutchison, and she is very pleased to be back on campus.  Dr. Edwards is an ongoing contributor to, a multimedia website that provides access to thousands of Soviet texts, videos, songs and images.  Thanks to a NDNU faculty development grant awarded last spring, she is currently working with a web developers from Medma Infomatix to update the website and add new functionality.  Dr. Edwards was invited to be a faculty leader for Stanford University’s Travel/Study Russian Rivers Tour in September 2013, and she gave lectures to the group as they traveled from St. Petersburg to Moscow.  She also teaches at Stanford Continuing Studies and is developing a new course, Russian Popular Culture, to be offered this spring.

Michael B. Elkins (Theatre and Dance)

Professor Elkins is Chair of NDNU’s Department of Theatre and Dance.  He has been a part of NDNU since 1978.  His most recent projects include the production of A Christmas Carol the Musical last December and Twelfth Night last spring at NDNU. He performed the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for 28th year in the NDNU annual production of A Christmas Carol The Musical.  He attended the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival last February. He is currently in his second year as Faculty Senate President at NDNU.

Robert Ferrera (Education)

Dr. Ferrera continues to provide leadership and direction for the School of Education and Leadership’s partnership program at Belle Air Elementary School in San Bruno. When this partnership began, Belle Air was entering its 5th year in Program Improvement. As part of this program, NDNU credential students teach and provide tutoring at the school. The partnership program also involves faculty members and graduate students in scholarly inquiry and research at the school site. At the end of the past academic year, the school met the state standard for its scores. Dr. Ferrera is also providing leadership for a new partnership with El Crystal Elementary School in San Bruno, which is a STEM school. He is providing direction for their assessment process. The partnership also includes two other NDNU professors who are providing subject matter guidance. Dr. Ferrera will be presenting at a technology conference this spring with the principal of the STEM school.

Madeleine Fitzgerald (History and Political Science)

Dr. Fitzgerald works as a consultant for the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (, where her work has been instrumental in the digital documentation and electronic publication of cuneiform tablets as well as in establishing standards and conventions for the field of Near Eastern studies. She also serves as the managing editor of the electronic publications of the CDLI. Dr. Fitzgerald excavated at Umm-el Mara, a Bronze Age archaeological site near Aleppo in Syria. She brings her experiences of Syria to both her World History and Comparative Government classes.

James Fogal (Business)

Dr. Fogal most recently gave a presentation at the ACBSP Western Council of Business Schools Conference “Designing IN engagement: Steps in navigating the building of online curriculum.” Last summer he was honored with an invitation to serve as co-chair and provide the keynote address for the 2013 International Conference on Risk Analysis and Crisis Response (RACR) in Istanbul, Turkey. Continuing to incorporate research into the classroom, his new book Systems Analysis: Practice of Making Informed Decisions is now being used as the primary textbook for the graduate course Systems Management. Currently Dr. Fogal is authoring a chapter manuscript "Process Improvement using Intelligent 6 sigma" for an upcoming Springer book titled Intelligent Decision Making in Quality Management. In addition to his regular campus duties, this year he is also participating on the search committee for NDNU's Library Director.

Betty Friedman (Art and Graphic Design)

Betty Friedman's intaglio print on her own handmade paper was included in the book California Society of Printmakers One Hundred Years 1913-2013, edited by Marly Snow, 2013. Jean Nyland and Betty Friedman's review of the Wiegand Gallery exhibition: Roberto Chavez: Drawings and Paintings, titled, "Look Here Upon This Picture, and On This", was published in the Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, (Summer 2013), 7 (3), 69-76.

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

Over the summer of 2013, Dutch Fritz researched and wrote an original play adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1887, gothic novel “Dracula” with a hint of “steampunk” under the title “DRACULA, the Mina Harker Journals” for the NDNU fall theatre production, and he also directed and designed sets for the production. He is presently preparing the script for publication. Additionally, he successfully produced the 17th annual NDNU Labor Day Theatre Festival, which presented a variety of plays and dances throughout the month of August 2013, opening with the New Ground Dance Company followed by 18 short plays and stage readings, 17 of which were original works by NDNU alums and other local playwrights. Dutch continues his ongoing work in stage design and construction, not only here at NDNU, but also with regional theatre groups. He designed, built and painted sets for the NDNU Dept. of Theatre & Dance spring 2013, production of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, directed by Prof. Michael Elkins. The production concept placed the setting on a Caribbean island, present day. He designed and painted the sets for the Coastal Repertory Theatre’s, award winning, September 2013, production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”, directed by Roxane Ashe, in Half Moon Bay.  Also he designed, painted and assisted with the construction of the sets for Coastal Repertory Theatre’s summer 2012 musical production of “Sweeney Todd” by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Joe Duffy.  At Hllbarn Theatre, in Foster City, he designed and painted sets for their October 2012, production of "Deathtrap" by Ira Levin, directed by NDNU 1990 alum, Karen Byrnes.

Lorenzo Giachetti (Modern Languages and Cultures)

Lorenzo Giachetti is thrilled Italian was introduced at NDNU in the fall of 2013, which he now teaches along with French. He continues his work as an advisor to the Study Abroad program, and hopes to see as many students as possible take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. His ongoing research on Albert Camus focuses on the darker elements of “solar” humanism, and this past year he has presented his work at conferences in Seattle, Boise and San Diego. His article “A Psychogeography of the Monstrous in Le Premier Homme” is forthcoming with the Société des études camusiennes, and he is currently working on an English translation of Camus’s little-known collection of prose poetry, La Postérité du Soleil.

Isabelle Haithcox and Natacha Shaw (Natural Sciences)

Dr. Haithcox continues to be involved in community-based learning projects with the Science in Action class in which NDNU students bring science activities to elementary and middle school classes. This year, she and Dr. Natacha Shaw have collaborated with Dr. Stephanie Demaree and other faculty members in the School of Education to assist El Crystal Elementary School in San Bruno as it transitions to become a STEM magnet school.  They have also continued their work with Green Hills Elementary, Notre Dame Elementary, and Taylor Middle School.

Thomas Hansen (Music)

Guests at the opening of the new T3E boarding area at San Francisco International Airport were treated to a surprise live performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue featuring the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Hansen as soloist. He has performed Rhapsody in Blue several times with the orchestra in the past. He is currently preparing for another concert with orchestra featuring Hansen and his two-piano partner, fellow NDNU music faculty member Daniel Glover, performing works of Saint-Saëns and Poulenc.

Marc Jacobs (Musical Arts)

Mr. Jacobs brought his musical All the More to Love to Hillbarn Theatre in January. The show premiered at Arizona’s Phoenix Theatre in 2009, and was voted “Season Favorite” by subscribers. It will be presented at NDNU as a fundraiser for the summer Music Theatre Conservatory on March 29, 2014.

Joseph P. Jordan (English)

This year Dr. Jordan published a few academic essays: an article on a Tennyson poem from In Memoriam (the one that ends, “ ‘Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all"), a review of a new Tennyson biography, and an introduction to one volume of a new edition of Dickens’s collected works. This spring, his poem “Reading James Wright and Falling Asleep in Princeton, New Jersey” will appear in The North American Review.

Cheryl Joseph (Sociology)

Professor Joseph continues her research on the connections between the exploitation and domination of vulnerable human populations and that of other animals. In addition, she engages in hands-on work with several animal welfare organizations. These include Veterinary Street Outreach Services (Vet SOS), which provides medical care to the companion animals of homeless individuals in San Francisco and Wildlife Associates in Half Moon Bay, where she prepares meals for the exotic animals in their care. Further, Cheryl remains involved with Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) as well as the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. She recently hosted fundraisers for all of these organizations as well as the Animals and Society Institute of which she is a member of the Executive Board. Her most recent book, You're Hired! Careers for Sociology Majors is pending publication.

Debra Lambert (Musical Arts)

Debra was Associate Music Director for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of the musical Little Women in December 2013, working with Artistic Director Robert Kelley, Broadway actress Elizabeth Ward Land, and Resident Music Director and NDNU faculty member William Liberatore. This collaboration will bring much of the TheatreWorks production to the NDNU student version opening February 21. Debra received her MBA from NDNU in May, graduating as a member of the Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society—her final project was a financial, artistic and historic analysis of New York’s Metropolitan Opera. In June she went to New York for personal interviews and extended research on zarzuela, the lyric theater form originating in Spain. She will bring this research to NDNU in April with the Musical Arts Department presentation of ¡De España Vengo! In August, Debra was made President of San Francisco’s Pocket Opera Board of Directors for a three year term. She has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 2011, and will appear again in the 2014 edition.

Gina Lencioni (Education)

Gina Lencioni has recently completed her doctoral work at the University of San Francisco. Her research focused on the effects of explicit reading strategy instruction and cooperative learning on improving reading comprehension in fourth-grade students. As a teacher in the South San Francisco Unified School District, 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.

William Liberatore (Musical Arts)

Mr. Liberatore is Resident Music Director for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, where this year he music directed the company’s New Works Festival in August, Little Women in December, and Once on This Island in March. He took his award-winning Gunn High School Choirs on a tour of Spain and France in June.

Larry Lujan

Dr. Lujan has been at NDNU for 21 years, and is currently teaching World History, World Geography, Oral Communication, and Argumentation and Debate.  He serves on the Education Committee and participated in the search for a new program director in Communication Arts.  He has been involved in mentoring new faculty.  He has had his poetry published in the Journal of Italian Translation, and is now working on a cycle of plays based on the Greek tragedies.  Last May he led his sixth school tour to Italy, and he is now working on another tour this coming May.

Helen Marlo (Clinical Psychology)

Dr. Marlo continues to develop and provide reproductive mental health services for perinatal women through her community-based service and weekly group, Mentoring Mothers, which has served over 200 women.  Her recent presentations on this topic include, "Breastfeeding and the Emotional World: The Intimate Connection" at the Nursing Mothers Counsel Annual Meeting; "There is No Such Thing as an Infant:  Mentoring Mothers and the Enigma of Birth," at the Faculty Colloquium; "Mentoring Mothers:  Restoring Psyche, Spirit, and Soul in Motherhood," at the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center; "Perinatal Trauma," at Palo Alto University; and "The Perinatal Period:  Problems and Possibilities" at Mills-Peninsula Hospital.  She published,  "Between the Worlds—Healing Trauma, Body, and Soul:  A Conversation with Donald Kalsched," in Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, August 13, 2013.  Her community engagement work, along with the work of the Clinical Psychology Department was recognized by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council this year.

Sr. Roseanne Murphy (Professor Emerita)

In June 2013, Sr. Roseanne led a group of 22 people, including NDNU’s President Judi Greig, on a 9-day pilgrimage to Belgium and France in the footsteps of St. Julie Billiart.

Leila K. Norako (English)

Leila Norako presented papers at both The International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan and at the Nordic Branch of the International Arthurian Society's conference in Oslo in May, 2013. Her article, "Sir Isumbras and the Fantasy of Crusade," appeared in the October 2013 installment of The Chaucer Review, and her forthcoming article, entitled "Crusading Gone Global?: The Icelandic Magnussona Saga's Visions of the World and Home," will appear in an early 2014 installment of Literature Compass. Her chapter "From Wandering Gods to Rubezahls: A Brief History of Gandalf's Origins" will appear in The Hobbit in History (Spring 2014). She is currently working on her first book project (entitled Imagining the Crusades in Late Medieval England) and on a critical edition of Magnussona Saga (which has been approved for publication by The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages). She also continues to serve as the General Editor of The Crusades Project (, an online resource focused on the literary legacy of the crusades in English and American literature. This summer will find her journeying to Iceland to present a paper at the New Chaucer Society's Biennial Congress.

Jean Nyland (Psychology)

In August 2014, Dr. Nyland will serve as faculty leader (along with Dr. Abbas Milani), for Stanford University’s Travel/Study program at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. They have done this twice before, in 2012 and 2010, because the program is biennial. Recently, she and Betty Friedman published a review of Roberto Chavez’s art exhibition at NDNU, titled, "Look Here Upon This Picture, and On This." The review appeared in the Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, (Summer 2013), 7 (3), 69-76. Jean’s research on psychological type and political perspective remains ongoing.

Robert Poplack (Art)

Professor Poplack exhibited paintings in the two-person exhibition “Personal Landscape” at the Liberty Arts Gallery in Yreka California in April/ May of 2013. He gave a public lecture on his work at the gallery. In an essay for the exhibition Oakland Museum Curator Philip Linhares wrote,  “The paintings are not so much visual descriptions of objects and landscape as they are painterly meditations on their subjects.” With the generous help of a Faculty Development Grant, Robert recently traveled to Georgia, Alabama and New Jersey to curate the exhibition  Four African American Visionaries: Lonnie Holley, Mr. Imagination, Charlie Lucas, Kevin Sampson. The exhibition is scheduled for fall of 2014 and will be accompanied by an exhibition catalog. Robert will be a presenter in a panel discussion at the Silicon Valley Contemporary Art Fair in April.

William Rhyne (Business)

In May 2013, Dr. Rhyne visited Vietnam and Taiwan. During his time in Vietnam, he visited a local company to inquire about their business and visited Vietnam National University's University of Science campus to discuss training needs. In Taichung, Taiwan, he attended a FIABCI international real estate brokers meeting where he learned about real estate global real estate trends and visited local exemplar real estate developments. In August 2013, he attended the annual Academy of Management conference in Florida. He reviews conference submissions for the Entrepreneurship and International Management divisions. In October 2013, he worked with Chinese travel agents and NDNU SBM faculty to organize a one day training seminar for Chinese industry, government, and academic professionals on the topic of quality control and measurement. Dr. Rhyne also performs music and in Fall 2013, he sang and played mandolin with the NDNU Camerata Ensemble. His Hawaiian music group, Da Puna Bruddahs, performed for the NDNU Hawaii Club Fundraiser in April 2013. For the December performance of "Mame" by the Hillbarn Theatre, he played tenor banjo in the orchestra.

Douglas Rice (Business)

Dr. Rice co-authored a chapter on risk tolerance and risk perception in the forthcoming book by John Wiley and Sons, titled Investor Behavior – The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing. He supported the book at the Behavioral Finance Symposium given by the International Forum for Behavioral Finance and Economics. Continuing his work in behavior finance he is developing a graduate course in Behavioral Finance for the Fall semester at NDNU. He will also be presenting several financial literacy workshops throughout the year including an upcoming engagement with Sparkpoint, a division of United Way, on Savings and Retirement Planning for Low-Income Families. He is currently updating his book Create Your Own Financial Plan – A Step-By-Step Method to Organize, Plan, and Manage Your Personal Affairs.

Irvin G. Rollins, Jr. (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 the Palo Alto Community Child Care, the Foundation for a College Education in East Palo Alto, and as a member of 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.

Matthew M. Royce (Musical Arts)

In May 2013, Matthew was Lighting Designer and Technical Director for El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea at the Gonda Theatre at Georgetown University. In summer, he was Production Manager for Opera Academy of California in San Francisco, working with NDNU faculty member and Metropolitan Opera Director, Yefim Maizel. With Saint Mary’s of California, he was Lighting Designer and Production Manager for their productions of A Lie of the Mind in April, and for “And when we awoke there was light and light” by Laura Jacqmin in November. In January 2014, Matthew designed lighting for the Hillbarn Theatre production of The Grapes of Wrath. 

Lisa Simpson (Education)

Dr. Simpson recently returned from a trip to China where she presented three workshops at the Nanjing Technical University of Special Education. While in China, she also visited two Early Intervention sites to work with teachers and young children with autism. Dr. Simpson is presenting at the Council for Exceptional Children’s conference in Philadelphia in April 2014 on her research in the area of social interactions of students with autism and typical peers.  She is also presenting her research this summer at the International Division of CEC Conference in Braga, Portugal.

William A. Springhorn, Jr. (Theatre & Dance)

Will performed in a number of Professional Theatre Productions In 2013.  He started out the year In The Fourth Messenger, a world premier musical about the trials of a female Buddha in modern days.  The play was selected as one of the ten best theatrical productions of the year by KQED.  He also appeared in Reefer Madness and It's a Wonderful Life for San Jose Stage Company, where he serves as an Artistic Associate.  Will also played Frederick Wentworth in the world premiere of Jane Austen's Persuasion, also at San Jose Stage Company. August found him working with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Beth Henley's Laugh at Theatreworks New Works Festival.

Kim Tolley (Education)

Dr. Tolley’s book chapter on “The Significance of the French School in Early National Education” recently appeared in The Founding Fathers, Education, and “The Great Contest” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). She recently presented papers at the American Educational Research Association Conference (Spring 2013) and at the History of Education Society Annual Conference (Fall 2013). By invitation, she now serves as a Network Representative for the Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, which will be held in Toronto in 2014. Last summer, with funding from NDNU’s Professional Development Committee, she traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to research Charleston’s public school records, 1812 – 1862. Her book, Thirty Years a Southern Teacher: The World of Susan Nye Hutchison, 1815-1845, is scheduled for publication in Fall 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press.

Bobby Vaughn (Sociology)

Dr. Vaughn’s scholarly activities continue to involve the anthropological study of Mexicans of African descent.  His article “Mexíco Negro: From the Shadows of Nationalist Mestizaje to New Possibilities in Afro-Mexican Identity” appeared in a 2013 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Pan African Studies.  He also wrote a biographical entry to be published in the forthcoming Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford University Press). In addition, he has peer-reviewed research articles for recent editions of Social Problems, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, and Social Identities.  In addition to teaching and scholarly work, Bobby is serving as Faculty Coordinator of NDNU’s WASC Leadership Team, part of the university’s work toward achieving institutional reaccreditation.

Kelly Vaughn (Education)

Dr. Vaughn is currently the principal investigator for research on community-based work at Belle Air School. She and Dr. Demaree have been invited to present their published book chapter in Reflectivity & Cultivating Student Learning: Critical Elements for Enhancing a Global Community of Learners and Educators, ed. Edward Pultrak (NY: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) at Association of Teacher Educators 2014 Annual Conference. They will also present, along with Kim Tolley, their paper “Assessing Predictive Validity of Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) for Teaching Credential Candidates: A Case Study” at the American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting. Kelly collaborates with Nancy Markowitz, Professor of Elementary Education at San Jose State University, on the implementation and research of Social Emotional Learning in teacher education seminar courses.

Lisa Ann Villarreal (English)

Dr. Villarreal’s current research explores the intersection of literature with phenomenology and aesthetics. She recently contributed a chapter entitled “Hegel as Philosophy of Observation” to Historical Perspectives on Second-Order Observation (Beobachtung Zweiter Ordnung im Historischen Kontext, Wilhelm Fink, 2013). She also published an article on race and colonial politics in the writings of French author Guy de Maupassant, which appeared in the Fall/Winter 2013 edition of Nineteenth-Century French Studies.

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.  Last year she and Dr. Don Stannard-Friel took two NDNU students to the 16th Annual Continuums of Service Conference in Portland, OR.  The four of them presented a workshop on “Tenderloin U and Community Psychology: Inspiring Students and Ourselves to be Lifelong Advocates for the Common Good.”  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.  This year six NDNU faculty were chosen as scholars, representing art therapy, business, the natural sciences, philosophy, and psychology.

Marc Wolterbeek (English)

Dr. Wolterbeek is currently engaged in two scholarly projects: 1) He is writing a paper entitled “Teaching Graphic Novels and Manga,” which he will present at the New Directions in the Humanities Conference in Madrid next summer; 2) He is continuing to work on a book that consists of introduction, edition, and translations of the poetry of Hlldebert of Lavardin, a late eleventh, early twelfth century Latin poet (the fruit of fellowships he received to the Centre of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in summers of 2012 and 2013).

Miriam Zimmerman (Professor Emerita)

Retired from fulltime teaching 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. Currently, she is serving 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. She continues to write 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. 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.

Wiegand Gallery Catalogs

The Wiegand Gallery produces catalogs to enhance the educational aspects of the exhibition program with essays by important critics, theorist, poets and writers. The gallery published two catalogs in spring 2014—Celeste Baross: Endless Forms and Donald Feasel: Terra Infirma. Professor Robert Poplack, Director of the Wiegand Gallery, curated the exhibitions with catalog design by Betty Friedman, Chair of the Art Department. Wiegand Gallery catalogs contribute to the University’s visibility and academic reputation. A list of all publications is on the Wiegand Gallery website: catalogs.