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Wofford Faculty, Staff Recognized

Thursday, June 20, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Individual members of the faculty and staff at Wofford College have been recognized for various achievements during the past academic year. Here are highlights of those recognitions:

Wofford’s emphasis in Creative Writing, a collaborative effort of English professors John Lane, Dr. Rosa Shand and Dr. Deno Trakas, received national recognition twice this spring. The program was featured on March 15, 2002, in The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of five “Writing Programs with Flair” nationwide. On April 23, 2002, it was highlighted in a Christian Science Monitor feature, for which Lane was interviewed and quoted extensively. The Monitor reporter and a photographer sat in on a session of the Wofford Writers Series.


Dr. John Akers, assistant director of career services and associate professor of foreign languages, is serving this year as one of five regional vice presidents for Sigma Delta Pi national Spanish honor society. Wofford has qualified for five consecutive years as a chapter of “Honor y merito,” which makes it one of the top 18 chapters nationally out of 503. This designation is based on the activities of each chapter and a yearly report submitted by the chapter president.


Dr. Laura Barbas Rhoden, professor of foreign languages, has been accepted for an NEH summer institute in Arizona. Also, the Ohio University Press is planning to publish her book, “Writing Women in Central America.” The manuscript is complete, and is in revision and copy-editing for the next year and should be published in 2004.


Doyle Boggs, executive director of communications, is serving as president of the South Carolina Confederation of Local Historical Societies. This is a networking and advocacy body for about 100 organizations committed to historical education, preservation, and archival collections across the state.


Laura Corbin, associate director of communications; Dr. Charles Kay, professor of philosophy; and Jean Blackley, director of human resources, are 2002 graduates of the Leadership Spartanburg Program of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce.


Dr. William DeMars, chairman of the Department of Government, has written several essays for editorial pages in regional newspapers, and is the author of “Transnational Non-Governmental Organizations: The Edge of Innocence,” in “The Prevention of Humanitarian Emergencies,” edited by E. Wayne Nafziger and Raimo Vayrynen (New York: Palgrave, 2002).


Dr. Benjamin Dunlap, Wofford’s president, has published various op-ed pieces in newspapers around the state and region. Over the past 15 months, he has helped plan and conduct seminars for a number of national and international organizations, including one for U.S. college presidents titled “Leading Change in Academia” at the national AAC&U Conference in Washington, D.C.; several others for the Aspen Institute, the Henry Crown Fellowship, The Liberty Fund, and the Management Institute of Paris; a seminar on “Globalization” for the board of directors of the Nova Chemical Corp.; and, under the auspices of TechnoServe and the Africa Leadership Initiative, a seminar on “The Challenge of Leadership” for East African business leaders, government officials and non-government officials. He also has delivered numerous speeches and commencement addresses, made presentations to a scholarly conference on William Gilmore Simms, contributed to a PBS documentary on the career of Elliott White Springs, and participated as a panelist during the Bi-Centennial Celebration of the University of South Carolina.


Dr. Sherry E. Fohr, assistant professor of religion, was invited to give several scholarly presentations in London during the Spring Semester.


Dr. Ellen S. Goldey was named the Outstanding Educator of the Year by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. The award is given to teachers in United Methodist-related schools and seminaries who have an extraordinary impact on their students, peers, the institution, church and community. Goldey, a biology professor, was the principle author of a Wofford grant proposal for freshman learning communities in the sciences and humanities. Her proposal has been funded by the National Science Foundation in the amount of $200,000.


Dr.Kirsten Krick-Aigner, a professor of foreign languages, received a summer 2001 Fulbright Scholar Grant to study women and war in post-World War II Austrian fiction.


John Lane’s “Waist Deep in Black Water,” a celebration of place through nature and across time, is being published by University of Georgia Press. Lane is an English professor.


Dr. John Lefebvre, a psychology professor, is serving as the treasurer of the Southern Academic Pain Consortium. He has been an adjunct assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral science at Duke University Medical Center since the end of May. He has been invited to submit a chapter for the “Handbook of Pain Management,” which will be a clinical companion to the “Textbook of Pain,” in which he also has a chapter. He also was invited to submit an article for an upcoming special issue of the Clinical Journal of Pain on Customizing Pain Treatments.


Dr. Nancy Mandlove, a foreign languages professor, received a Fulbright-Hays grant for a summer seminar on “Indigenous Knowledge Systems” in South Africa. In South Africa, she will work on the cultural background and context for case studies that will be part of a new course that she and Dr. George Shiflet are developing titled “Case Studies in Public Health.”


Dr. Doug Rayner, who teaches botany, ecology and evolution, and Dr. Richard Dwight Porcher, professor of biology and director of the herbarium of The Citadel, are the co-authors of the magnificent “A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina,” published early in 2002 by the University of South Carolina press. According to naturalist Rudy Mancke, this book promises to be the definitive work on the subject for a generation, barring a major ecological disaster.


Dr. Philip Racine, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History and Chairman of the department, was selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in an inaugural seminar to discuss the latest issues in slavery studies. The weeklong institute is scheduled for this summer at Columbia University in New York City.


Dr. Tracy Revels, a history professor, published a book, “Watery Eden: A History of Wakulla Springs,” published by Sentry Press in Tallahassee. It is the history of a small resort just south of Tallahassee, which is now a part of the state park system.


Dr. Anne Rodrick, a history professor, gave the keynote address delivered at the 14th Northern Victorian Studies Colloquium, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds, England (March 2002). She also signed a book contract with Ashgate Press, UK, for her book, “Self-Help and Civic Culture: Citizenship in the Victorian City.” The manuscript is due in August 2002, with an anticipated publication date of late 2003.


Dr. Tim Schmitz, a history professor, gave a conference paper, “Monopoly Power: The Escorial’s Control over the Printing and Distribution of the Tridentine Texts,” at the annual meeting of the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Athens, GA, April 2002.


Dr. Peter Schmunk, an art history professor, gave presentations at the annual meetings of the 19th-Century Studies Association and the Southeast College Art Conference. He also published a book review article in SECAC Review and a study titled “What Did Van Gogh Hear? Vibrations, Wagner, and Voices” in Aural Cultures.


Dr. Rosa Shand, who teaches English, was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in March 2002 because her novel “The Gravity of Sunlight” had won the institute’s two fiction prizes, the Jesse Jones Award for Best Fiction and the Stephen Turner Award for Best First Fiction, the first time the same book was awarded both prizes. Shand also was named the Bernadine Kielty Shermann Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the oldest American artists’ colony, in New Hampshire, for 2000-2001. A story written by her was named a winner of the SC Fiction Project for a record sixth time and appears in the Charleston Post and Courier in May 2002. A personal essay on Svetlana Alleluyeva will appear in “The Southwest Review” of Southern Methodist University in May 2002.


Dr. Angela Shiflet, a computer science professor, will be speaking on “Computational Science Internships” in the mini-symposium on “Undergraduate Programs in Computational Science and Engineering” at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 50th Anniversary and 2002 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Philadelphia, PA, July 8-12, 2002. The National Science Foundation awarded Wofford a grant Shiflet as principle investigator to develop its undergraduate emphasis in computational science (ECS) and create educational materials for the curriculum. Shiflet and her husband, Dr. George Shiflet, also a Wofford professor, will collaborate on the development of computational biology learning modules for the Keck Foundation-Funded Consortium to develop computational science materials.


Dr. Timothy Terrell , an economic professor, lectured at four universities in the Czech Republic this spring.


Dr. Deno Trakas, an English professor, collaborated with his sister and published “Human & Puny”, a collection of 20 poems and 20 monochrome watercolors. His play, “The Old Man and the Tree,” won the Harvey Jeffreys Original One-Act Play Contest at Lander University.


Dr. Dennis Wiseman and the foreign language department have been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Aulden Foundation for technology.