September 2000

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
A.V. HUFF, JR., and DAVID SHI attended a meeting July 19 in Charlotte, which was hosted by The Duke Endowment to discuss the fellowship program of the National Humanities Center. Huff is currently serving on the Governor's Task Force on Historic Preservation and Heritage Tourism. He is also serving on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of South Carolina.

ART
BOB CHANCE has two images of his ceramic work included in a new book titled The Extruder Book by Daryl Baird and published by the American Ceramic Society Press. He has three pieces in "South Carolina Clay," an exhibition of works by South Carolina artists who work primarily in clay. The show explores contemporary clay in South Carolina and the varied interpretations and methods utilized by ceramists in the new millennium. It is showing at the McMaster Gallery of the University of South Carolina and runs from September 4 until October 15.

ATHLETICS
BONNIE FLYNN served as a softball clinic leader on the island of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands August 10-14. More than 60 softball players from St. Croix and St. Thomas participated in this three-day clinic co-sponsored by the International Softball Federation and the International Olympic Committee.

BIOLOGY
LAURA THOMPSON presented a major workshop at ABLE (Association for Biology Laboratory Education) June 6-9 at Clemson University. She also attended the national meeting of NAAHP (National Association of Advisors for Health Professions) as one of the health careers advisor for Furman University June 28-July 2 in Orlando, Fla. As faculty sponsor of the Furman DanZers, Thompson accompanied seven dancers to a UDA (Universal Dance Association) dance camp August 4-6 at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. JOHN SNYDER participated in workshops of the Association for Biology Lab Education, at Clemson University June 6-9 and attended the National Educational Computing Conference in Atlanta June 26-28. He also attended the annual meeting of The Lepidopterists' Society at Wake Forest University July 27-30. Snyder is the webmaster of their Web site and a member of their editorial board.

BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Next month, WENDY LIBBY will be named to the board of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers. On July 17, she was a guest speaker on the topic of Leadership on the University Campus at the Summer 2000 workshop of the Southern Business Administration Association. She was also a guest speaker recently at the Association of Consortial Leadership in Washington, D.C.

CHEMISTRY
TIM HANKS presented an invited lecture titled "Diacetylene and Polydiacetylene Charge-Transfer Complexes" at the 38th World Polymer Congress in Warsaw, Poland. He also presented the paper "Design and Synthesis of Porphyrin Arrays on Polypyrrole Surfaces" at the International Conference on Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals in Bad Gastein, Austria

CLASSICS
In July, CentaurSystems, Ltd., published "Gramma 4.0: Software for Students of Ancient Greek" by CHRISTOPHER BLACKWELL. This new version offers Mac and Windows compatibility. It can track how an individual student learns and identify mistakes based on Greek words that sound or look alike, and focus that student's drill accordingly.

COMPUTER SCIENCE
KEVIN TREU and PAULA GABBERT presented the paper "Web authoring as a pedagogical tool across the computer science curriculum" at the Eighth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Computing Science on August 24 at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

DEVELOPMENT
On June 15-16, BETSY MOSELEY attended the Southern Women's Leadership in Philanthropy Symposium on "Embracing the paradigm in giving for higher education" on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The meeting dealt with the topic of women donors and their role in supporting higher education. SHANNON WILKERSON WILSON attended the South Carolina Alumni Directors Executive Board meeting in Charleston, S.C., as an at-large member. She was also recently appointed second vice president to the Greenville Historical Society executive council.

EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
BRANNON ANDERSEN presented a workshop titled "Developing Interdisciplinary Watershed Research Programs" with Michele Hluchy of Alfred University at the Council on Undergraduate Research Eighth National Conference at the College of Wooster (Ohio) June 22-24. He is also a councilor for the Geosciences Division and attended the councilor's meeting June 19-23 at Wooster.

ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
JEFF YANKOW presented a paper at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Summer Institute in Cambridge, Mass., July 17 titled "Do neighborhoods affect work behavior? Evidence from the NLSY79" (co-authored with Bruce Weinberg and Patricia Reagan). LAWRENCE KESSLER attended the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association held August 13-16 in Philadelphia, Pa.. EDUCATION TOM CLOER has an article, "Tuesdays With Morrie: A Primer for Literacy Educators," in Literacy Transitions into the Next Millennium, in a book to be published in the fall by the American Reading Forum. SCOTT HENDERSON recently authored a book, Housing and the Democratic Ideal: The Life and Thought of Charles Abrams (Columbia University Press, 2000).

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
On May 24-27 MARTHA VAUGHN attended the S.C. Arts Commission board meeting in Charleston and the opening of Spoleto USA. She also attended a May 27 luncheon in Charleston hosted by Yale University and Robert Blocker, honoring Virginia Uldrick. VAUGHN attended S.C. Arts Commission board meeting in Columbia June 28 and has been elected to the boards of directors of the S.C. Arts Foundation and the Greenville Chorale.

ENGLISH
Last summer, Furman juniors Laurie Moskow and Jessica Roberts worked with WILLIAM AARNES on a Furman Advantage project "Women Writing Sonnets." One result of this project is a panel they presented at the 2000 Twentieth-Century Literature Conference at the University of Louisville February 24-26 titled "Marilyn Hacker and the Sonnet Sequence." Moskow presented a paper titled "A space named 'We'," Roberts a paper titled "Rethinking death's visage: Marilyn Hacker and William Shakespeare," and Aarnes a paper titled "Revised and revising: 'still alive' in Marilyn Hacker's 'cancer winter'." CHRISTOPHER DOUGLAS's article "Adapting eeb electronic libraries to English studies" (co-authored with Dennis G. Jerz and Ian Lancashire) has been published in the on-line journal Surfaces, vol 8.103 see). In October, he presented "Brown vs. Board of Education and the politics of citizenship in Jade Snow Wong's Fifth Chinese Daughter and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man at the 32nd Conference in Modern Literature on Cultural Citizenship at Michigan State University. NICHOLAS RADEL has published three encyclopedia entries: "American Drama," "British Drama" and "Edmund White" in The Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies. He has also published "Edmund White" in Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Novelists Since WWII and "Perestroika?: (Dis)articulating gay identity in American film and drama at the Millennium," in Essays on American Studies at the Millennium. GILBERT ALLEN conducted poetry and fiction reading for the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities July 17. He also has short stories in the Spring 2000 issues of Chaffin Journal and Emrys Journal; poems in the Spring 2000 issue of Able Muse and the August 2000 issue of The Cortland Review. VINCENT HAUSMANN's "Joseph Conrad and the arts of letters" has been published in Vol. 31. no. 3 (Fall 1999) of Conradiana, a journal of Joseph Conrad studies. Another of his articles, "The veiled contest of forms: Constructing another art in the work of Paul Bowles," is to appear in a collection of essays titled Modernism and Photography.

ENROLLMENT
The executive board of the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has selected MARTY CARNEY for the 2000 Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented during their spring conference on June 1. This recognition is for Carney's contributions to the professional activities in Florida and particularly his work on state legislative committees in Tallahassee. ANNE SMITH attended a conference of National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in Washington, D.C., July 9-12 where she served as moderator of a U.S. Department of Education interest session. LaSHELIA WYATT helped coordinate an Electronic Loan Management (ELM) training workshop for South Carolina colleges and universities. The workshop was held July 19 in Riley Hall.

FACILITIES SERVICES
BUD LEHN was a guest on the Peggy Denny Show (WGGGS-TV) on July Fourth where he sang the patriotic song "The house I live in (That's America to me)."

HEALTH AND EXERCISE SCIENCE
SI PEARMAN's manuscript "Comparison of nutritional and weight management behaviors between adolescents in public and private high schools" appeared in the May issue of American Journal of Health Behavior. "Psychophysiological responses of men and women to anaerobic power tests," an article that Pearman helped author, was published in the May issue of SCAHPERD.

HISTORY
In April, DIANE VECCHIO was appointed treasurer for the Immigration and Ethnic History Society at the annual Organization of American Historians meeting in St. Louis, Mo. She spent two weeks in May in San Antonio, Texas, as exam leader and table leader for Advanced Placement exams in United States History and was interviewed for an August 9 article on immigration that appeared in the Christian Science Monitor.

INSTITUTIONAL PLANNING AND RESEARCH
BILL BERG has been named chairman of the Research Advisory Committee for the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) consortium. HEDS is a national organization of selective private liberal arts colleges and research universities.

LIBRARY
MARY FAIRBAIRN participated in the Association of College and Research Libraries' Institute for Information Literacy Immersion 2000 program in Seattle, Wash., August 4-9. JANIS BANDELIN attended the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago July 5-11 where she served as a co-chair and pre-conference speaker. Bandelin also attended and submitted a background paper for "Oxford 2000: The Future of Collection Development" at the University of Oxford July 19-22.

MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
JOHN ROBERTS is serving on the donor workplace marketing committee for the United Way of Greenville County. He formerly served as a loaned executive and as a member of the allocation committee for the United Way.

MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
"Otra cara de Costa Rica a través de un testimonio ecofeminista," an article by SOFIA KEARNS, appeared in a special issue of The Hispanic Journal on literature and the Environment (vol. 19, no. 2). Her article "Environmental issues in Costa Rica: An interview with Anacristina Rossi" was published in the June issue of Organization and Environment (vol. 13, no. 2). RON FRISS recently traveled to the 50th International Congress of Americanists in Warsaw, Poland, to deliver a paper on the Mexican poet Jose Emilio Pacheco. From July 2-22 MARY GRANT attended a seminar for university faculty titled "Specialist Course in the teaching of Spanish as a Second Language" at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, Spain). This opportunity was made possible with funds from a Faculty Development Committee Grant, the Embassy of Spain and the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.

RUSHING CENTER FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
KEN ABERNETHY gave an invited panel presentation "Establishing linkages between higher ed and the private sector" at the Synergy 2000 Conference sponsored by the Association Liaison Office (ALO) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C., July 11-14. Abernethy and DAVID SHI attended the Summit on Technology in Liberal Arts Colleges sponsored by the Mellon Foundation held at Middlebury (Vt.) College June 13-14. Abernethy also co-authored a paper, "Technology transfer issues for formal methods of software specification," with John Kelly of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, and Jim Kiper and Ann Sobel of the University of Miami-Ohio, which appeared in the proceedings of the Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training held May 9-11 in Austin, Texas.

MATHEMATICS
DOUG RALL's research paper "Acyclic Domination" appeared in the August issue of the journal Discrete Mathematics. His co-authors were Sandee and Steve Hedetniemi, professors in the computer science department at Clemson University.

MUSIC
DEREK PARSONS served as director of the Furman Summer Keyboard Institute 2000 June 18-23. It was a weeklong program involving music students and teachers from throughout the Southeast, offering instruction in piano, organ, harpsichord, music technology, sacred piano and ensemble. He also served as a faculty accompanist for the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities June 25-July 29 and performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at Furman's Lakeside Concert Series July 28. ROBERT CHESEBRO performed Warren Barker's Concerto June 29 with the Furman/Greenville Lakeside Band Series directed by Les Hicken. Chesebro also performed with the Heritage Chamber Orchestra May 28 and taught at the Furman Music Camp in June and the Second Presbyterian Music Camp in August. THOMAS and ANNA BARBREY JOINER served on the artist-faculty of the Brevard Music Center from June 17-August 6. During his 21st season on the faculty, Thomas was concertmaster of the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra, taught violin and conducted three concerts of the Transylvania Symphony Orchestra. Anna performed with the BMCO, taught viola, and coordinated the teaching assistant program that included 18 graduate music students from around the country. The Joiners performed and worked with soprano Frederica Von Stade, bass Samuel Ramey, countertenor David Daniels, violinist Mark O'Connor, composer Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach), pianist Lorin Hollander and conductor Keith Lockhart. JOHN BECKFORD's article "Measuring tonal characteristics of snare drum batter heads," which was co-written by former Furman student Ryan Lewis, appeared in the June issue of Percussive Notes. Beckford also appeared as marimba soloist with the Furman Lakeside Band in July. RUBY MORGAN presented a lecture and performance on "Literature and Performance of Music for the Left Hand Alone" for the spring meeting of the New York Piano Teachers' Congress at Steinway Hall in New York City. She was also a participant and an assistant for new students at the Taubman Piano Institute at Williams College in July. BING VICK traveled with the Furman Singers to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic July 24-August 6 as part of the group's 14th biennial European concert tour. Vick reports that enthusiastic audiences responded with standing ovations and demanded encores from the Singers. MARK KILSTOFTE recently completed "Ballistic Etude No. 3: Panic," which was commissioned by H. Robert Reynolds and the University of Michigan Symphonic Band. The work will premiere in Ann Arbor this fall.

PHILOSOPHY
SARAH WORTH's article "Aristotle, thought and mimesis: Our responses to fiction," will appear in the fall edition of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. She has also been named the new editor of the American Society for Aesthetics Newsletter.

PHYSICS
During the past year WILLIAM BAKER and his colleagues have been very active in research projects that are related to understanding the character of dark matter. Dark matter is the name given to the material which constitutes most of the matter within the universe and whose presence is inferred from observations such as the details of the cosmic background radiation. Papers related to this work have been presented at the 195th meeting of the American Astrophysical Society, at the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society and will be published in the 2000 NCUR Proceedings.

POLITICAL SCIENCE
JIM GUTH was the featured speaker at "Toward an understanding of religion in American life," a workshop sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts for the national press corps at Prouts Neck, Maine, June 27-28. He also served as program chair for the Religion and Politics Division of the American Political Science Association's 2000 annual meeting in Washington, D.C., August 31-September 3. Guth's article "Changing issue agendas of women clergy," has been published in the June issue of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Co-authors were Laura Olson of Clemson University and Sue E.S. Crawford of Creighton University. TY TESSITORE was one of three directors for a multidisciplinary conference on "The Age of Revolution." The conference was held June 19-25 at Lake Tahoe, Nev., and participants were advanced graduate students. This summer Tessitore and DAVID MORGAN (Modern Languages and Literatures) were awarded a NEH grant to plan a team-taught course for the Furman humanities sequence. The course is currently titled "Rival meanings of freedom in the Western tradition." Tessitore directed an international seminar on the subject of religion and politics in the thought of Plato. The seminar took place April 6-9 in Alexandria, Va. KATE KAUP's book Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China was published in June. She has also been appointed program chair 2001 for the Southeastern Regional Conference of the Association of Asian Studies. ELIZABETH SMITH presented "If Bill Clinton were a woman: The effectiveness of account strategies following alleged transgressions" at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago April 27-30, 2000. Smith authored the paper with Furman students Ashleigh Smith and Gus Suarez, both political science majors. Ashleigh attended the conference in Chicago and helped present the research. Smith chaired a panel titled "Political context and its effects" at the meeting. Smith also presented "Youth voluntary association participation and political attitudes: A quasi-experimental causal analysis" at the International Political Science Association meeting in Quebec, Canada, August 2-5.

PSYCHOLOGY
PAUL RASMUSSEN has been named clinical column co-editor for volume 57 (2001) of The Journal of Individual Psychology. He also published a paper in The Journal of Individual Psychology with psychology majors Mary Martin and Debbie Sorrow titled "BASIS-A lifestyle themes, MMPI-A and childhood sexual abuse: Conclusions from a residential sample." Rasmussen authored "The Purpose of Sexual Deviancy: Clinical Implications and Adjunctive Treatment Strategies," which appeared in the same issue. He has authored a series of columns on parenting issues, which appeared this summer in The Greenville News.

SOCIOLOGY
BOB McNAMARA has been named a Senior Research Fellow for the National Strategy Information Center and the Policy Lab, both in Washington, D.C. He is working with the Strategy Center on an anti-corruption curriculum in public schools in Mexico while the Policy Lab focuses on crime, fear and disorder in public schools in eight high schools in Kentucky. He has also been named a Senior Research Associate by the Police Executive Research Forum for his work on community policing.

STUDENT SERVICES
LILLY BEKELE PIPER is serving as president of the South Carolina Housing Officers Association. The annual conference will be hosted at Furman in October. SCOTT DERRICK has been named the chair-elect of the Foundation and Corporate Relations Committee for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). In addition to his duties with NACA, Derrick is active in the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). He is also a member of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) and serves on its LocalArrangements Committee. KIM ADAMS has been selected to represent Furman in Leadership Greenville Class XXVII to be held August 2000-May 2001. In July she attended a National Leadership Symposium at the Jepson School of Leadership.

Employee profile
Bill Pierce

 

 

News Briefs

2000 United Way Campaign kick-off

A new lease on life
Bone marrow donation give's man a second chance

The Furman Forum
What's the best book you read this summer?

Milestones
New employees, promotions and anniversaries

Around Campus
News from university departments

Faculty/Staff news
Submitted professional activities

Inside Furman archives

Furman Calendar

FURMAN HOME

Inside Furman is published monthly during the school year by the Furman University Department of Marketing and Public Relations. For story ideas, e-mail John Roberts, editor.