FACULTY & STAFF NEWS

Berry instructor creates wearable technology

Berry instructor Zane Cochran is an innovator in the competitive and exploding field of creative technologies. As the mind behind Berry’s HackBerry Lab, Zane has helped students and faculty to think creatively and to innovate new technologies since 2012. His own creations, including the acclaimed PIXI dresses, have gained attention in such exhibitions as Museum of Design Atlanta’s “On You: Wearing Technology.” Zane’s interests in art, fashion and electronics inspire him to combine his passions into wearable technologies. His PIXI dresses were his first major success for combining art, fashion and tech into a piece of clothing that could be worn out and about. In his day to day life, Zane teaches in Berry’s Creative Technologies program and continues to oversee HackBerry Lab. “Berry’s idea of ‘Experience it Firsthand’ … inspired me to consider the importance of what it means to design, build and try things out in the real world and experience all the failures and successes that come with defining the technologies of the future,” Zane says.

Assistant Professor of History Jennifer Hoyt

Dr. Jennifer T. Hoyt has reshaped what the Department of History offers its majors and the campus at large by teaching a range of new courses on Colonial Latin America, Modern Latin America, Modern Mexico, and Environmental History. This spring semester (2017) she taught a new course on film and the Cold War, a class that marries her knowledge and love for both the study of the past and motion pictures.

This year she also traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, for a workshop on the impact and legacies of the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment. In Stockholm she presented a paper based on research completed at the United Nations Archives in New York City during the summer of 2016.

Director of International Experiences Chris Borda

Chris Borda has been hired as the Director of International Experiences. He will direct Berry’s study abroad operations, as well as international internships and service opportunities. Mr. Borda comes to Berry from Grand Valley State University and has 10 years of experience in the field of International Education. His master’s degree thesis focuses on faculty-led study abroad programs, and his experience at both Grand Valley and Florida State University have prepared him well to lead Berry’s International Programs office.

Assistant Professor of Communication Kimberly Field-Springer

Dr. Field-Springer co-published “Managing meanings of embodied experiences theory: Toward a discursive understanding of becoming healthier” in the journal Health Communication. She also co-published “From menarche to menopause: Understanding multigenerational reproductive health milestones” in the journal Health Communication. Research reported in this study was funded by The Dwight Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Eliana Hirano

Dr. Hirano published “E-pal Exchanges: A Way to Connect Preservice Teachers and English Language Learners” in the Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ORTESOL) Journal with undergraduate co-authors Anne Patton and Anna Rose Garrett.

Gund Professor of Economics Frank Stephenson 

Dr. Stephenson and student Chase Gooding had their paper “Superstars, Uncertainty of Outcome, and PGA Tour Television Ratings” accepted for publication in the Journal of Sports Economics.
Dr. Stephenson and recent graduate Clay Collins (’16) had their paper “Taxing the Travelers: A Note on Hotel Tax Incidence” accepted for publication in the Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy.

Dr. Stephenson was also elected to a 4-year term on the Executive Board of the North American Association of Sports Economists.

Assistant Professor of Communication Daniel Sipocz

 

Dr. Sipocz presented the research paper “Tweetkeeping NBC’s Rio Olympics” on the Covering the Rio Olympics panel that he organized at the International Association of Sports Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, April 2, 2017. The panel featured the preeminent scholars in Olympic research.

Professor of Psychology Michelle Haney

Professor of Psychology Michelle Haney and alumna, Katie Fisher, published their manuscript, “Student attitudes and perceptions about postsecondary education for people with intellectual disabilities” in the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. 
Dr. Haney and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology Allison Doerr, along with psychology majors Brody Husky and Katrina Bailey, presented their research, “Educator’s Knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis in Northwest Georgia” at the 63rd Annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Atlanta March 10, 2017.

Associate Professor of Spanish David Slade

Dr. Slade published a critical edition of Pedro de Peralta Barnuevo’s 1732 epic poem, in the North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures series published by the University of North Carolina Press.

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Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies in Education Karen Kurz

Dr. Kurz co-presented “Understanding Faculty Concerns and the Change Process Resulting from Adoption of a High-Stakes Performance Assessment” at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on April 27, 2017.

Dr. Kurz is also part of a research group that is examining the impact of edTPA as a requirement for teacher certification and educator preparation programs. edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom

Assistant Vice President of Campaign and Leadership Giving Scott Breithaupt

Mr. Breithaupt received re-certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

CFRE International is an independent organization dedicated to the certification of fundraising executives by setting standards in philanthropic practice. Mr. Breithaupt has held the CFRE designation for nine years and is joined by over 5,500 professionals around the world who hold the designation.

Associate Professor of History Matthew G. Stanard

Dr. Stanard co-organized “The End of Empire: European Popular Responses,” conference which took place in Birmingham, England, Jan. 11-13. The Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences was a major sponsor of this international conference, which involved numerous scholars from some 10 countries, including the U.S., Denmark, Australia, the U.K., France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Dr. Stanard presented at the conference his own research titled, “Some ABCs of Post-Colony Belgium: Africana, Belgian Collections, and the Decolonization Experience.”

He also recently published “The colonial past is never dead. It’s not even past: Histories of Empire, Decolonization, and European Cultures after 1945” as the invited Forum essay for the 2016 Jahrbuch für Europäische Geschichte/European History Yearbook. Dr. Stanard’s chapter “Interwar Crises and Europe’s Unfinished Empires” also has appeared in print in the volume “The Oxford Handbook of Europe 1914-1945”, published by Oxford University Press. He published reviews of Anthony Pagden’s “The Burdens of Empire”(on H-Empire), Dean Pavlakis’s “British Humanitarianism and the Congo Reform Movement, 1896-1913” and Nancy Rose Hunt’s “A Nervous State” in the Journal of The History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

In April, Dr. Stanard traveled to Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, to serve on an international Ph.D. defense committee at the Universidad del País Vasco. The dissertation being examined, “La Guerra civil en el País Vasco en la prensa local norteamericana (1936-1939),” was an in-depth analysis of local U.S. press coverage of the Spanish Civil War as it affected Spain’s Basque Country. While in Spain, he gave a lecture at the the Universidad del País Vasco’s Leioa Campus, outside Bilbao, on “The Congo and Decolonization: From Belgian Empire to Cold War Crisis.”

 

Director of Recreation Michael McElveen

Mr. McElveen served on the 2016-2017 NIRSA (National Association for Collegiate Recreation) student professional development committee and co-lead a pre-conference on professional development for 180 undergraduate and graduate students from institutions across the country. He presented research on retention and academic success of first-year student-athletes and intramural participants. Senior Kelly Ibele co-authored the manuscript that is currently in-review.

Mr. McElveen was also appointed committee member for the United States Tennis Associations – Georgia Tennis on Campus Committee for 2017 – 2019.

 

Clinical Assistant Professor of Theatre Seamus M Bourne

Mr. Bourne received a faculty development grant to cover travel and housing expenses in Las Vegas. He was awarded a fellowship to attend The Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas where he will attend a weeklong session on using the digital design program VectorWorks, which is the program used to design all of the Berry College Theatre Company Productions.

This summer, he will be designing “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Ill. and will begin the design process on two shows in the Atlanta Area – The Alliance Theatre’s “Alice Between,” a theatre for young audiences production that will tour Georgia and Theatrical Outfit’s holiday show, “Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley.”

 

Chaplain and Adjunct Professor of Religion Jonathan Huggins

Dr. Huggins published “Jonathan Edwards, Jr” in Kenneth P. Minkema and Adriaan Neele, Eds, A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, 2017) and reviewed “Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer”, by Rowan Williams, in the Anglican Theological Review, and “The Tribune God,” by Fred Sanders, for Reading Religion.

 

Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing Christopher Diller

Dr. Diller recently published the essay Democratic Doxa:” Toward a Genealogy of Typicality in Nationalist American Literature” in American Multiculturalism in Interdisciplinary and International Contexts.  He also co-edited and published an anthology “Nathaniel Hawthorne in the College Classroom: Contexts, Materials, and Approaches.” (New York: AMS Press, 2017)

Professor of Teacher Education Mary C. Clement

Dr. Clement recently installed a new chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for educators, at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala. She gave the keynote address at the ceremony, “What KDP Means for Teachers.”

She also published two articles with the National Education Association in March, “Tips to Get Your Education Résumé to Float to the Top” and “How to Prepare for Specialist Positions.”

Professor of Animal Science George R. Gallagher

Dr. Gallagher and his students McKenzie Weisser, Daryon Smith and Danielle Creamer, presented research at the 17th Wildlife Damage Management Conference at Orange Beach, Ala. This research effort was funded in part by a grant from the 2016 Laura Maddox Smith Summer Research Institute for the Environmental Sciences.
Presentations: “Anatomy of a Snake Fence Intended to Prevent Escape of Non-Venomous Rat Snakes (Elaphe obsolete) From an Enclosure,” “A Field Evaluation of Two External Attachment Locations of Radio Transmitters on Non-Venomous Rat Snakes (Elaphe obsolete)” with Rebecca J McLarty, and “A Field Evaluation of the Efficacy of Milorganite® as a Repellent for Non-Venomous Rat Snakes (Elaphe obsolete).”